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Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

Bill Murray , Laura Linney , Roger Michell  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 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: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B4ZN3XQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Look Inside Hyde Park on Hudson
  • First Days
  • Feature Commentary with Director Roger Michell and Producer Kevin Loader

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    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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    30 of 36 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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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Busy Weekend for FDR April 10, 2013
    "Hyde Park on Hudson" stars Bill Murray as Frankin D.Roosevelt and takes place during a summer weekend in 1939 at his Hudson Valley estate when he hosted England's King George VI (Samuel West), who hoped to gain America's support in the coming war. At the same time, according to the film, Roosevelt was pursuing an extramarital affair with a distant cousin, Daisy Suckley (Laura Linney).

    Richard Nelson's script portrays Roosevelt as both a master of political gamesmanship and a manipulator of the women around him -- wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams), Daisy, and his private secretary, Missy (Elizabeth Marvel). Murray, who might not seem a first choice to portray Roosevelt, conveys both the President's charm and a dark side rarely seen in public. His Roosevelt is surely the ideal host, going out of his way to make his guests feel comfortable, happy, and welcome.

    The film has a voyeuristic quality, with the audience as willing spectators checking out a Roosevelt who balances work and play while under enormous pressures from both his public responsibilities and private peccadilloes. It bogs down somewhat in a soap-opera subplot about Daisy discovering that she is only one in a long line of the President's lovers but, overall, the picture has a light touch and moves along briskly.

    Bonus features on the Blu-ray and DVD releases include deleted
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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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Thoroughly enjoyed!
    Published 6 days ago by judi jacksohn
    5.0 out of 5 stars It is an excellent movie. We actually went to Hyde Park this ...
    It is an excellent movie. We actually went to Hyde Park this last week and the presentation in the movie albeit using some license is pretty close to reality.
    Published 12 days ago by S. Mandry
    3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
    Bill Murray was a poor selection to portray FDR. Sam West and Olivia Colan were both excellent as the king and queen.
    Published 12 days ago by A. Gavigan
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Bill Murray is credible to someone who remembers the real Franklin Delano
    Published 19 days ago by Deanna Woodall
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful look back at the time and locale
    Wonderful look back at the time and locale. Music was nostalgic and sweet. Refreshing to see FDR portrayed as the weasle he really was and his wife/cousin, Eleanor as the crass,... Read more
    Published 19 days ago by ARMangano
    5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
    No matter what station in life you find yourself, you're still human – with all the frailty that implies, as well as for the capacity for understanding and kindness. Read more
    Published 24 days ago by A. Cort Sinnes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 1 month ago by sunshine
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good movie
    Published 1 month ago by ss_CT
    4.0 out of 5 stars all of the principal roles are well-executed in this sensitive and...
    Bill Murray turns in a bravo performance as FDR. In fact, all of the principal roles are well-executed in this sensitive and beautifully filmed memoir.
    Published 1 month ago by S.M. Sara
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good move, could have been great
    Well acted period piece about the foibles of FDR. Bill Murray does a great job as the president. Others turn in believable performances all around. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by R. Carlson
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