The Queen

September 15th, 2006


The Queen

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After the death of Princess Diana, HRM Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.5/10 (46,433 voted)

Critic's Score: 91/100

Director: Stephen Frears

Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell

Diana the 'People's Princess' has died in a car accident in Paris. The Queen and her family decide that for the best, they should remain hidden behind the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. The heartbroken public do not understand and request that the Queen comforts her people. This also puts pressure on newly elected Tony Blair, who constantly tries to convince the monarchy to address the public.

Helen Mirren - The Queen
James Cromwell - Prince Philip
Alex Jennings - Prince Charles
Roger Allam - Robin Janvrin
Sylvia Syms - Queen Mother
Tim McMullan - Stephen Lamport
Robin Soans - Equerry
Lola Peploe - Janvrin's Secretary
Douglas Reith - Lord Airlie
Joyce Henderson - Balmoral Maid
Pat Laffan - Head Ghillie
Amanda Hadingue - Queen's Dresser
John McGlynn - Balmoral Head Ghillie
Gray O'Brien - Charles' Valet
Dolina MacLennan - Balmoral Switchboard Operator

Taglines: Tradition Prepared Her. Change Will Define Her.


Official Website: Bim Distribuzione [Italy] | Disney DVD [United States] |

Release Date: 15 September 2006

Filming Locations: Blairquhan Castle, Blairquhan, South Ayrshire, Scotland, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £9,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £856,273 (UK) (17 September 2006) (347 Screens)

Gross: $122,840,603 (Worldwide) (22 March 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Turkey: (TV version)

Did You Know?

Helen Mirren arranged for the actors playing members of the Royal family, specifically James Cromwell, Sylvia Syms and Alex Jennings to spend a lot of time together off camera. This was done so that they would feel comfortable with each other like a real family.

Anachronisms: When Tony Blair receives a call from Lord Chamberlain in his car you can see the new shaped S Class driving behind him. This shape was no introduced until 1999, and the film is set in 1997.

[first lines]
Reporter: After weeks of campaigning on the road, Tony Blair and his family finally strolled the few hundred yards to the polling station this election day morning. Amongst the Labour faithful up and down the country, there is an enormous sense of pride in Mr. Blair's achievements, and the confidence that he is about to become the youngest prime minister this century.

User Review

Helen The Great

Rating: 9/10

Let's start by saying that the film itself is a perfect reflection of the days we live in. A deep human drama with a tabloid sensibility. A tradition that's lasted over a thousand years shaken by a world who demands public spectacle. Humbleness or humiliation? Asks Queen Elizabeth to her Prime Minister. Talk Show audiences wouldn't know the difference and we are all, one way or another, talk show audiences. From Jerry Springer to Oprah Winfrey. How did it really feel like? We all want to know, we all want to see the sorrow, the confession or the denial on the catch of the day's face. Michael Sheen is a adorable, yes I think adorable is the right word, as Tony Blair, the labor link between the people and the monarchy. Helen McCrory as Mrs Blair is another standout. Just look at her walking backwards trying to to be true to royal protocol. I had to adjust to the fact that the Queen Mother was played by Sylvia Syms. Sylvia Syms! Queen Mom, a wonderful old battleship who's seen it all and fought her entire life for things to change so they could stay the same. It is however Helen Mirren, in a performance that could only be described as miraculous, that takes us body and soul through the painful ordeal of those seven days surrounding the death of Princess Diana, the "people's princess" a natural master in a world of tabloids and self humiliation disguised as humbleness. Helen Mirren gives us more than a glimpse into the hermetic heart of a living queen. Not a single false note, not a single cheap shot. A performance that is as poignant as it is entertaining. I was as besotted with Helen's Queen as her Labor Prime Minister was. I can't wait to meet her again.


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