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Miss Potter (2007)

Renée Zellweger , Ewan McGregor , Chris Noonan  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,179 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson
  • Directors: Chris Noonan
  • Writers: Richard Maltby Jr.
  • Producers: Arnold Messer, Bob Weinstein, Colin Vaines, Corey Sienega, David Kirschner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N4SHOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,376 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Miss Potter" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Crhiss Noonan
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter
  • The Making of A Real-Life Fairy Tale
  • When You Taught Me How To Dance
  • Music video by Katie Melua
  • Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

(Drama) The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

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278 of 287 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Because you are fond of fairy tales . . . " July 6, 2007
By Susan
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"Because you are fond of fairy tales," Beatrix Potter wrote to one of her favorite children in 1901, "I have made you a story all for yourself, a new one that nobody has read before."

Now, a century later, "Miss Potter" (directed by Chris Noonan, starring Rene Zellweger) has a new story to tell, and quite a fairy tale it is, too, with all the delightful magic of one of Beatrix Potter's own stories: winsome characters, luscious settings, strong period details. I was charmed by this film (viewed on DVD, with all the extras), and spent an enchanted evening watching it. As a movie, it is fine family entertainment--something that's hard to come by, these days.

But the film has been widely billed as a biopic, and if you were looking for a story that's true to Beatrix's life, this one might mislead you. Richard Maltby (who wrote the script and spent some 10 years trying to get it produced) and Chris Noonan have teamed up to give us a lovely fairy tale, but one that is based on some fairly fundamental misrepresentations of Beatrix's real life.

Take that elaborate Christmas party, for instance, in a festooned Potter mansion. This dramatically pivotal event could never have happened, for Rupert and Helen Potter were Dissenters who did not celebrate Christmas--much to Beatrix's disappointment, as a child longing for a tree and the trimmings. (In life, both the Potters seem to have been much more dour people than their on-screen representations.)

Or take those childhood visits to the Lake Districts, which never happened either. The Potters holidayed in Scotland until Beatrix was 16. Which means that she could not have met Willie Heelis, who was nearly five years younger than Beatrix, anyway (not older, as the film portrays him).
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136 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous period film in the best Weinstein tradition December 23, 2006
I saw this lovely film this past week in Chicago at a preview showing and was simply delighted by it. Only five years ago this would have been a Miramax film, but following the messy departure of the Weinsteins from Miramax to form their own production company, they are distributing this joint production. Set in the early decades of the twentieth century, in a sort of extended Edwardian age, the film possesses a wonderful period feel and look. Like the best of the Miramax films, it feels like a time capsule more than a contemporary production.

With only some shame I have to admit to knowing very little about Beatrix Potter. To inject some autobiography, I was not read Potter as a child and though after my divorce I raised my daughter, reading to her constantly, there was an agreement that on her periodic visits to her mother she would be allowed to read her Beatrix Potter (because of a Potter obsession by her own godmother) and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read my daughter every other children's' writer, but was forbidden to dip into either of those. So I saw this biopic knowing next to nothing about her. The film seemed to me to give a good impression of who she was. She emerges in the film as a sort of timid feminist, not a activist, but quietly insisting on taking her own path. Though there are flashbacks to her childhood and the final quarter of the film focuses on her moving to the Lake District, most of the film deals with the period of partnership and eventually romance between her and her publisher, Norman Warne. One suspects that of necessity a great deal is left out, but as it exists it is compelling.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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This wonderful movie is based on the life of Beatrix Potter, children's author and artist of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" amongst others. Spectacular acting and feel good story make for a highly recommendable cinematic experience. A must see!
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie April 15, 2007
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I saw "Miss Potter" at the cinema and thoroughly enjoyed it. With beautiful scenery, moments to laugh out loud, times to cry, and a few delightful animations, "Miss Potter" takes us through the joys and frustrations of being a talented female author and illustrator in London at the turn of the century but being unrecognized as such by her own mother. I would heartily recommend this film!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel The Magic January 27, 2007
Everyone has a movie or two that captures the imagination and transports them away from the everyday and to a place of pure magic. "Miss Potter" is a near perfect film. When the showing finished on a recent Friday evening screening in Dallas, no one moved from their seats. Yes, the audience was an older, experienced group of folks, but I was moved by how many people apparently felt just as I did -- "This is what movies should be like!"

See it, and you too will likely be spreading the word with an almost missionary zeal. I haven't enjoyed a film this much in 20 years!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Delightful!! June 23, 2007
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Delightful, just delightful. Zellweger is perfect in the role of Potter - compelling and you do think it's actually Beatrix Potter. Ewan MacGregor is a joy to watch smile right from his eyes, the character's enthusiasm seems his own. He and Emily Watson shine like morning sunshine in this absolutely beautiful film. I thought it was better than "The Queen" which I also saw recently. I also loved "The Painted Veil" with Naomi Watts. But there is something so delightfully sweet and moving about "Miss Potter" it should NOT be missed! You will cry at the love and loss in this movie. It was definitely a tear-jerker at times, but ultimately provided a very satisfying ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 1 hour ago by Janet Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sweet story. I was drawn in. I cried. It was beautiful.
Published 14 hours ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie.
As a child I aborbed her books and lived vicariously through them in imagination and wonderment. Wonderful movie.
Published 15 hours ago by Shirliejojohoward
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this film
Loved this film! Never knew about Miss Potter's contribution to land conservancy in England. Lovely story. Well acted, believable portrayal by Renee Zellweger. Read more
Published 1 day ago by ryanroost
4.0 out of 5 stars children's books
Beatrice Potter was a woman way ahead of the times when she was young. Handled all of her work with her publisher. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Linda H. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars I have recommended to others
What a surprise! Very enjoyable. I have recommended to others.
Published 1 day ago by A. Crandall
5.0 out of 5 stars wish I knew about it sooner.
Never heard of this movie or knew the true story behind it. It was a nice evening's entertainment for my wife and I.
Published 3 days ago by Linejudgemick
2.0 out of 5 stars SNOOZE zzzzz
OK just because I like the actors. Slow moving, Sunday afternoon snoozer.
Published 3 days ago by Rebecca VanDerGoot
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite with the air of a classic
Lovely film, very well produced, well-acted, not a thing to complain about. Emily Watson's character, Millie, was so vivid and loveable. I'm sure I'll watch this one again.
Published 3 days ago by Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie...shed some tears watching it!!
Published 3 days ago by merilee boyd
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Masterpiece Theater Tales of Beatrix Potter
Yes, I remember seeing this on Masterpiece Theatre in 1984. It was very beautifully filmed. My clearest memories of the series are of Penelope Wilton's portrayal of Beatrix painting her exquisitely detailed botanical watercolors, and her adorable pet rabbits.

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Oct 22, 2007 by trevstonlongworth |  See all 16 posts
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I too have been searching for this for years. My aunt loved it but did not record it and would dearly love to own it. For some reason it has never been released. Why not?
Nov 19, 2009 by C. Hill |  See all 9 posts
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Yes it does....it only took five years to get a answer.
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Oh I am so sorry to hear about her passing. The books are absolutely incredible.
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