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Hyde Park on Hudson (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (2012)

Bill Murray , Laura Linney , Roger Michell  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Marvel
  • Directors: Roger Michell
  • Writers: Richard Nelson
  • Producers: Roger Michell, Kevin Loader, David Aukin
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: April 30, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (409 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B4ZN4VC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Digital Copy of Hyde Park on Hudson (Subject to expiration. Go to for details.)
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  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Look Inside Hyde Park on Hudson
  • First Days
  • Feature Commentary with Director Roger Michell and Producer Kevin Loader
  • My Scenes
  • D-BOX
  • BD-Live
  • pocket BLU App

  • Editorial Reviews

    Academy Award nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney star in this delightful look at one of the most pivotal meetings in history. As Great Britain faces an imminent war with Germany, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray) and his wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), invite the King and Queen of England for a weekend at their home in upstate  New York. But during the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America, international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal trip an unforgettable one. Hyde Park of Hudson is a charming and fresh look at true events and the mysteries of love and friendship, from the acclaimed director of Notting Hill.

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    23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Summer Music April 10, 2013
    Two noticeable aspects on this site - the paucity of reviews of this period piece film and the number of negative comments that seem to blanket the responses to this very quiet little recreation of a moment in history about which few may be aware. In many ways this film, as written by Richard Nelson and directed by Roger Michell, resembles a little European art film: the recreation of conditions in the USA in the post Depression era are remarkably apt and set a fine tenor for the story (including the musical score!). In the end this is a tale about how men in powerful places interrelate in moments of tension and how those same men have flaws both physical and in character that would weigh down ordinary fellows. But the story is about a particular summer in when Britain, on the brink of war with Hitler, visited America, hoping for Allied assistance in the war that was to become World War II.

    The setting is the home away form the White House - Hyde Park on the Hudson, the home of FDR's mother (Elizabeth Wilson) who still ruled the roost despite her son's political role. FDR is enchantingly portrayed by Bill Murray who is able to show all sides of FDR's personality - his response to being a victim of polio, his wisdom at running a country beaten down by the Depression, and his need for multiple liaisons with women. In one household we meet Missy (Elizabeth Marvel) who has been both secretary and lover of some time, Daisy (Laura Linney) who is FDR's fifth cousin who enters the coterie because of her honesty and genuine affection for FDR, and we hear about `Mrs Rutherford', yet another of FDR's affairs, and of course there is the presence of Eleanor Roosevelt (a superb Olivia Williams).
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    31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    Hyde Park On Hudson is something of a problematic film, an uneven mix of some excellent performances and cinematography dragged down by a schizoid screenplay that can't seem to make up its mind which of two stories it's trying to tell: Margaret "Daisy" Suckley's long-term relationship with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as his mistress (or one of them, anyway), or the historic visit of King George VI to meet with FDR on the eve of WWII, the first time a reigning British monarch had ever visited the US. Either would've made an interesting story, but in Hyde Park On Hudson, they end up working at cross purposes, leaving the whole disappointingly less than of the sum of its parts.

    The film begins in the early 1930's when Daisy (Laura Linney) is unexpectedly summoned by FDR's formidable mother, Sara (Elizabeth Wilson) to their home, Springwood, in Hyde Park, New York, to be a personal assistant to Franklin (Bill Murray in a truly remarkable performance). Daisy, a spinster in her early 40's who lives with her aunt and a distant (sixth cousin) relative of FDR's goes, though she has no idea of why Franklin would ask for her as she hasn't seen him in years or what her duties would involve. She soon finds out however as Franklin first charms and then later seduces her into becoming his mistress.

    Things then fast-forward to June of 1939, when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom, George VI (Samuel West) and his wife Elizabeth (Olivia Colman), are making their historic visit to the US. Franklin has invited the royal couple to spend the weekend with him at Springwood and the house is a flurry of activity making preparations. The visit has critical importance for both men.
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    12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars PRESIDENTS AREN'T LIVE ACTION FIGURINES....... ' April 6, 2013
    While I appreciate the expertise & execution of Mr. Solinas skilled review in his assessment viewing Hyde Park on Hudson as a boring biopic, ..... as one who was not alive during his administration, I appreciate the intimate "fly on the wall" look at one of this nation's (and the worlds) most iconic leaders - his strengths, fears, and foibles as the world approached its second world war. I can't help believe that most people would jump at an opportunity to witness or learn what it was like for those involved and what was going on behind closed doors at such a fateful time. The movie was supposedly based upon a book written by a distant cousin who came to assist him during those difficult times - only to become the latest object of his affections. It strips away the veneer that historic figures attain and shows such leaders are real people too - not iconic cartoonish live action figurines. They are subject to same physical & emotional challenges, desires, fears, and inadequacies we all possess. Some of us achieve greatness, become leaders, and are viewed as heroes by some and the evil incarnate by others. We all try to envision what it was like to be such a person. In this peak behind the curtains we realize we were almost staring at our own reflection....not only our failings-- but more importantly -- our innate possibilities.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars SOMETIMES A HOTDOG IS JUST A HOTDOG May 9, 2013
    This is an unusual and remarkably private view of the life of FDR (Bill Murray). It is told mostly in first person from the view of Daisy (Laura Linney) his distant cousin and mistress. This story is based on her private letters and diaries discovered after her death. We have no reason to doubt them. As such the story is as much about her as it is FDR, a complex man whose multiple sides are now revealed to everyone. He was a nice philanderer.

    The main point of plot interest is when the King and Queen of England come to America. England was headed for war with Germany and will desperately need our assistance. (Plot spoiler: We help the UK and win.) However they visit at a time when the President has mistress issues. They see him having to be carried from location to location. FDR has a way of charming, but at the same time humbling the monarchy. King Edward (Samuel West) was indeed remarkable and likeable.

    There were several scenes I would stop and think. There is irony intricately laced within the dialouge of the scenes. I would find myself laughing at scenes after they had ended and I contemplated them for a moment.

    The film whispers of old long debates of government vs. private sector, but stops short of making any overt statements. This is not your momma's fireside FDR.

    It is a fascinating film for history buffs, and a bit of a chick film drama. I love how this film was intellectually crafted. Not for everyone. Laura Linney and Olivia Coleman (Queen Elizabeth) are Oscar nomination worthy.

    Parental Guide: No f-bombs or nudity. There is a brief "hand gratification" early in the film.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hyde Park on the Hudson
    This is a strange little movie about FDR but historically it's right on, facts that I never knew about this great President who pulled us through very dark days and into the... Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Kenneth J. Heinz
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
    I love movies that I consider "period pieces." I was surprised as to Murrays acting ability mainly because he has done so many silly comedies in the past. Read more
    Published 23 days ago by relm
    5.0 out of 5 stars For Boomers
    My father HATED Eleanor. I am a boomer and had trouble understanding Chappaquidick. This is a marvelous movie because it gives us a glimpse of Time Before the Death of Secrets... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by RI flybaby
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Dogs are the Highlight
    Some might kindly describe this as a "leisurely-paced" movie. I'd call it "slow." Perhaps I've just been inundated with action films lately, and something with more... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Toni V. Sweeney
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hyde Park on the Hudson DVD
    It had all the right things to make it a success but somehow it just doesn't grab the viewer. Great present for grandma.
    Published 1 month ago by Beverley Chong
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    Only three stars because I really expected better. Now I know why it never came around here in the theaters.
    Published 1 month ago by Daniel W. Barrett
    5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed learning
    I enjoyed learning more about this part of Roosevelt's life. Well produced and well acted. I am glad I purchased it.
    Published 1 month ago by Jesse Beitz
    Enjoyed it very much. A short glance into history.
    I had heard FDR's mother was a controller. That movie certainly confirmed that.
    Published 1 month ago by E. Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Murray did a great job in this movie.
    I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. I actually wanted to read a bio on this President after watching the movie to see how accurate it was.
    Published 2 months ago by Sheila
    3.0 out of 5 stars So so
    I loved the story and the scenery and the costumes and the car but moved along a bit slowly but had some great humor to it as well.
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