The Queen

The Queen

Director: Stephen Frears Cast: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell

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Overview

The British prime minister and the Royal Family find themselves quietly at odds in the wake of a national tragedy in this drama from director Stephen Frears. On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in an auto accident in Paris; despite the controversial breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles, she was still one of the most famous and best-loved women in the world, and the public outpouring of emotion over her passing was immediate and intense. However, given the messy circumstances of Diana's breakup with Charles, official spokespeople for the Royal Family were uncertain about how to publicly address her passing. It didn't take long for the media to pick up on the hesitation of Buckingham Palace to pay homage to Diana, and many saw this as a sign of the cool emotional distance so often attributed to the royals, which in this case was widely seen as an insult to Diana and the many people who loved her. Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen) saw a potential public-relations disaster in the making, and took it upon himself to persuade Queen Elizabeth II (played by Helen Mirren) to make a statement in tribute to the fallen Diana -- an action that went against the taciturn queen's usual nature. The Queen was released the same year that Helen Mirren played Queen Elizabeth I in an acclaimed miniseries for British television; The Queen also gave Michael Sheen his second opportunity to play Tony Blair after portraying the prime minister in the television film The Deal.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2011
UPC: 0031398138204
Original Release: 2006
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sales rank: 4,638

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Mirren Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Michael Sheen Tony Blair
James Cromwell Prince Philip
Helen McCrory Cherie Blair
Alex Jennings Prince Charles
Roger Allam Sir Robin Janvrin
Sylvia Syms Queen Mother
Mark Bazeley Alastair Campbell
Earl Cameron Portrait artist
Tim McMullan Stephen Lamport

Technical Credits
Stephen Frears Director
Affonso Beato Cinematographer
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo Davis Casting
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Andy Harries Producer
François Ivernel Executive Producer
Christine Langan Producer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Macdonald Production Designer
Cameron Mccracken Executive Producer
Peter Morgan Screenwriter
Daniel Phillips Makeup
Stuart Renfrew Asst. Director
Scott Rudin Executive Producer
Tracey Seaward Producer
Ben Smith Art Director
Lucia Zucchetti Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Queen
1. The Picture of Dignity [5:11]
2. Prime Minister Tony [5:07]
3. Diana [6:18]
4. Upsetting News [8:22]
5. The People's Princess [7:03]
6. A Public Funeral [6:08]
7. Modern Men [4:30]
8. The Royal Standard [7:12]
9. A Quiet Revolution [8:23]
10. Captive Beauty [5:04]
11. A Serious Mistake [9:28]
12. A Day of Mourning [5:18]
13. Shared Grief [9:20]
14. The Funeral [3:20]
15. Two Months Later [6:11]
16. End Credits [6:14]

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4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
KatKM More than 1 year ago
I loved this---thought it very well done. Glad to see Tony Blair supporting the queen as a real human being and attempting to understand her as such... The special features are worth the time, especially.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a movie ---- Even if some of it isn't historical, the basic story is there and I'm quite sure much of the shown emotion could have happened. Having been to London, and seen the Queen's birthday parade - much of it seemed real. I'm one of the few who don't feel the Princess deserved the royal salute she recieved. I pray her sons will follow a better example of how to live their lives, than either their mother or father provided.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always had an interest in the history of England and the queens and kings who ruled it, but I have never been able to find out any information of much consequence about the country's current ruler, Queen Elizabeth II. For me, "The Queen" offers a rare glimpse behind the palace walls and gives an interesting look at one of the most devestating weeks for the queen, the royal family, and the world with the death of Princess Diana. Finally, Queen Elizabeth is treated, not as a strange monarch from another world, but as a woman, wife, mother, and grandmother. This movie perfectly captures the royal family without making them look like charicatures of themselves, showing us their deeply human flaws and redeeming qualities. The entire cast is perfect in his or her role, and Helen Mirren definately deserved her Best Actress Oscar. Beautifully filmed, without making anyone in the story the villian or tragic character.
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bnbookseller More than 1 year ago
and dame helen mirren was to play the starring role in my the television miniseries adaptation of it, as well! but really, it was a truly oscar worthy performance. i expected a little more plot, but as a character study, it was first rate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes,Helen M.is a very good actress,but the movie is boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If anything, Helen Mirren could be considered a "good actress" in this movie, but the lame real clips mixed with bad redone scenes are so cheezy bad it ruins, if not mocks Diana's death.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing acting by Helen Mirren & James Cromwell who are perfectly cast. All cast is brilliant except for actor who plays Prince Charles who is terribly miscast. You'll find out more than you want to know about the royal family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A finely nuanced film takes you beyond the tabloid accounts and screaming headlines of the days surrounding Princess Diana's death. Doesn't sugar coat less than exemplary behavior and lends some insight into the negotiations behind the pomp and circumstance. Be prepared for a film unlike most you've seen lately. Well done!
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