The Queen

The Queen

Stephen Frears (2006)

98min
12A Certificate
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Review

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New Labour modernism is pitted against old-fashioned Royal Family protocol in this poignantly amusing mix of fact and fiction set in the aftermath of Princess Diana's fatal car crash in 1997. How newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) finally convinced the Crown (in the shape of Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth II) to acknowledge the British public's overwhelming collective grief and avoid a constitutional crisis makes for a fascinating and affecting memoir that's superbly scripted by Peter Morgan. Destined to become the apocryphal truth - despite mainly being pure fabrication - the movie, which beat a strong field to the best film Bafta, benefits from director Stephen Frears's clever manipulation of iconic newsreel footage and flawless re-creation, with powerful and surprisingly moving results. The acting is exemplary, with Sheen's Blair spot on, Sylvia Syms a joy as the Queen Mother and James Cromwell hilariously pompous as Prince Philip. But it's Mirren's brilliant, Oscar-winning turn as the beleaguered head of state facing the demands of a changing monarchy that resonates most.

Summary

Oscar-winning fact-based drama, examining the events surrounding the death of Princess Diana. The relationship between the monarch and Prime Minister Tony Blair is revealed as they struggle to reach a compromise in dealing with the situation. Starring Helen Mirren in an Oscar-winning role, alongside Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Helen McCrory and Sylvia Syms.

Cast & Crew

Queen Elizabeth II Helen Mirren
Tony Blair Michael Sheen
Prince Philip James Cromwell
HM The Queen Mother Sylvia Syms
Prince Charles Alex Jennings
Alastair Campbell Mark Bazeley
Cherie Blair Helen McCrory
Robin Janvrin Roger Allam
Trevor Rhys Jones Paul Barrett
Director Stephen Frears
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: May be edited for language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Sep 2006
Drama