Victoria & Albert

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While 18-year-old Victoria Victoria Hamilton struggles to escape the rule of her domineering mother Penelope Wilton, King William IV dies and the teenager assumes the throne as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India. With the help of sympathetic advisers and her lady-in-waiting, Baroness Lehzen Diana Rigg, Victoria asserts herself, relocating her mother's living quarters and dismissing her mother's overbearing supporter, Sir John Conroy Patrick Malahide. She then reluctantly agrees to invite her ...
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While 18-year-old Victoria Victoria Hamilton struggles to escape the rule of her domineering mother Penelope Wilton, King William IV dies and the teenager assumes the throne as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India. With the help of sympathetic advisers and her lady-in-waiting, Baroness Lehzen Diana Rigg, Victoria asserts herself, relocating her mother's living quarters and dismissing her mother's overbearing supporter, Sir John Conroy Patrick Malahide. She then reluctantly agrees to invite her first cousin, Albert Jonathan Firth, prince-consort of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Germany, to the royal household as a possible match for her. Remembering him from childhood, she thinks him a bore. But when grown-up Albert arrives, Victoria falls madly in love with him. After they marry, Victoria must counter troublemaking political schemers on the one hand while attempting to assuage a disenchanted Albert on the other. The problem is that he has nothing to do. He is merely an ornament, albeit a cherished one. He cannot even command a servant to clean a fireplace. However, when the administration of the queen's friend and adviser Prime Minister Melbourne Nigel Hawthorne collapses, Albert becomes Victoria's partner in government as well as in marriage. In time, she realizes that her husband is really a co-ruler: "A king," she says, "in everything but name." Together, they reign over their empire -- and their brood of nine children. It is Albert's task to supervise the country's Great Exhibition of 1851 to promote British pride, commerce, and industry. But his untiring efforts to make the exhibit a success take their toll on him, and he falls ill. However, he tenaciously clings to life -- and Victoria -- and lives another decade before typhoid fever claims him in 1862, leaving behind a distraught Victoria and a monarchy he helped rescue.
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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
After presenting highly acclaimed adaptations of fictional works such as Pride and Prejudice and Lorna Doone, A&E debuted this docudrama in 2001 -- and again earned favorable reviews. The production centers on the romance and marriage of the last of the English Hanover monarchs, Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India, and her first cousin, Albert (1819-1861), prince-consort of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in Germany. The script skillfully intertwines the main plot, the love affair of Victoria and Albert, with subplots about political and familial discord that threaten to undermine Victoria's ability to choose a husband and rule independently. Victoria Hamilton and Jonathan Firth are delightful as Victoria and Albert. Portraying the royal couple as reserved and dignified but with minds of their own, they animate the film with memorable scenes, in particular one in which they play a lively piano duet and another in which diffident Victoria proposes to diffident Albert. Peter Ustinov is superb as crotchety King William IV, who dotes on his appealing niece and heir presumptive, Victoria, and vilifies her overbearing shrew of a mother (Penelope Wilton). The dinner scene, in which attendants carry the ailing king through a receiving line, serves up an épée de combat of verbal thrusts and parries that foretell hard times ahead for young Victoria. Then the king has the decency to die to allow Victoria to assume the throne, discover herself, and work against her nefarious mother and the scheming Sir John Conroy (Patrick Malahide). The plot thickens into a robust soup when, after the wedding, Albert discovers he has no purpose, no duties, and throws a royal tantrum while Victoria's protective lady-in-waiting, Baroness Lehzen (Diana Rigg), smiles wryly. Nigel Hawthorne is wonderful as the queen's sympathetic prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who coaxes common sense and giggles from the young queen, and David Suchet is equally engaging as young Victoria's mentor, Baron Christian Friedrich Stockmar, M.D.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • UPC: 733961182576
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Maberly Princess Alice
Victoria Hamilton Victoria
Penelope Wilton
Diana Rigg Baroness Lehzen
Patrick Malahide Sir John Conroy
Jonathan Firth Albert
Nigel Hawthorne Lord Melbourne
Toby Jones Edward Oxford
Technical Credits
John Erman Director
David Cunliffe Producer
John Goldsmith Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New perspective on Queen Victoria

    I happened to catch this movie on A & E Classroom, and had to have it after seeing it. It's a terrific escape movie - very dramatic, and the characters are well-rounded and brought to life by the ingenuity of the writing and the actors. After seeing this movie I will never think of Queen Victoria nor her era quite the same - she was a vivacious, witty, and utterly real person, and it was a pleasure to relive her often forgotten-about first years on the throne. We see her transform from a scared, somewhat spoiled child to a young woman desperately in love, and on to a loving wife, mother, and most of all, Queen. It is no wonder the people of Great Britain felt as they did toward her. It also gives a face and fleshes out the character of Prince Albert, so often only mentioned as Queen Victoria's husband but a huge influence and fascinating character in his own right. But I can't convey completely how great this movie is - you have to see it for yourself. However, I can promise a dramatic, emotional, and indulgently nostalgic tour through Victorian England, and a beautiful and timeless romance (upon which most of today's wedding traditions are based) that manages to teach some of history and its fascinating characters in more color than many fictional characters can obtain. Enjoy!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great dramatic presentation of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert

    Enjoyable and engaging historical dramatazation of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. Some "hollywood" license was used in depicting their early relationship. An enjoyable and relatively accurate rendition of the time period.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Masterfully Done!

    This is a must have for your video collection if you enjoy history, love stories, or entertainment. Extremely well done. Gives a new perspective on history. A great love story of courage and strength of character. I highly recommend watching and owing this production.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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