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Mrs. Brown (1997)

Judi Dench , Billy Connolly , John Madden  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher, Gerard Butler
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Writers: Jeremy Brock
  • Producers: Andrea Calderwood, Douglas Rae, Nigel Warren-Green, Paul Sarony, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IQC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mrs. Brown" on IMDb

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Acclaimed as one of the year's must-see films, MRS. BROWN is a riveting, true-life story of forbidden love and passion! Queen Victoria (Judi Dench -- TOMORROW NEVER DIES, GOLDENEYE) was the world's most powerful woman. Rugged Scotsman John Brown (Billy Connolly -- INDECENT PROPOSAL) was a lowly servant who looked after her horses. Yet when circumstances brought them together ... the result was a passionate friendship that scandalized a nation! With commanding performances from stars Dench and Connolly -- you're sure to find this motion picture outstanding and entertaining!

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228 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie. January 24, 2003
Format:DVD
It is very seldom that I get to watch the movie of this quality. It is absolutely brilliant.
This is a story of a unique friendship formed between two very unlike characters: Queen Victoria and her servant Mr. Brown. As the story developed I was completely absorbed by the lives of these two people, as if I was actually part of it rather then watching the film.
Story is incredibly well told (though I do wish filmmakers were not in such a rush to end it), cinematography is absolutely beautiful and as far as the historical part of the movie it was perfectly captured. And then there are actors involved in this movie.
I do not think that my knowledge of English language will allow me to fully describe superb talent of Judi Dench, which by all means is unmatched by anyone alive today. Her performance was absolutely flawless. Academy should be ashamed for not awarding her with an Oscar and choosing Helen Hunt's performance over hers. Not even a contest in my opinion.
As incredible as Judi Dench is I'm sure it is very hard to find costars that will not be completely overshadowed by her. But Billy Connelly filled the screen with his brilliant performance. Perfect chemistry between the two. And of course - Geoffrey Palmer who happens to be Judi's long time costar from BBC's "As Time Goes By" (which I think is one of the best TV comedies of all time). When you get so caught up in a movie that you forget it's not a real life you know that actors are doing an incredible job.
This is an exceptionally well made film, a stunning piece of cinematography. And I think it should be a part of any movie-lovers collection. It certainly is part of mine.
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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did she or didn't she? May 30, 2003
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That is the question. Of course, when one thinks of Victoria, the idea of prudishness, conservatism, and a very reserved manner in action and morality naturally come to mind. It was never unusual for monarchs, male or female, to have lovers outside of their marriages (indeed, it might be considered unusual for a monarch to have been thought to have remained faithful), but Victoria? The epitome of a repressive, almost oppresive morality? Surely not.
Don't be so sure.
Four years after the death of Prince Albert, to whom Victoria was completely devoted, and for whom she mourned in quite public and dramatic fashion, against the protests of her children and her ministers, John Brown, a favourite ghillie of the royal couple, was brought back into service of the Queen household.
Victoria's favouritism toward him, coupled with his own brash and blunt behaviour, caused him to be envied and disliked by members of her family, her household service, her ministers, and largely by the public. There were parodies of John Brown's activities, done up in the form of mock Court Circulars (the official listing of royal engagements), which appeared in the press on both sides of the Atlantic.
It is unknown if Brown actually kept a diary (the movie speculates such, but also states that no diary was ever found). There was a large black trunk of correspondence found after Victoria's death, between the Queen and her doctor at the time, Profeit, regarding John Brown. This came into the possession of her new doctor, Reid, who recorded 'most compromising' secrets into his green memorandum book. Alas, this book was burned by Reid's son, and the trunk was not found. Did it refer to a secret marriage between Victoria and John Brown, as was often speculated?
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic License and Then Some January 10, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie leaves me in a quandary. I like costume dramas, and I have a particular fondness for depictions of the private lives of royals. This fondness, combined with the general paucity of such movies, causes me to cut them considerable slack regarding historical accuracy.

This movie was not too far off the mark in terms of hard fact. The death of Prince Albert really did send Queen Victoria into an excessively-prolonged grieving and withdrawal from public duties that began to unsettle the political equilibrium of Britain's constitutional monarchy. And there really was a John Brown, he was Scot, he was in service to Prince Albert at Balmoral, and he became a much-depended-upon personal attendant to Queen Victoria during her widowhood. All these things are accurately reflected in this movie.

So what's my quandary?

Well, the movie just feels wrong "tonally". Some movies about royalty take such liberties with the truth that they become purely dramatic constructs with no pretense to accuracy (and they can be fine entertainment). But when they seem to be conscientious about accuracy, as this movie appeared to be, the standard -- at least for me -- extends to include not just dramatic impact, but realistic portrayal of the complex, burdened, exposed, and heavily-examined lives reigning monarchs lived.

Judi Dench does her usual top-notch job of creating a sense of a character. But is it Victoria's character? Among her family, was she really an unrelentingly dour, domineering, censorious creature capable of opening her soul only to a servant? If her surviving correspondence and the recollections of her vast array of grandchildren peppered all over Europe are to be credited, the answer is no.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this movie from the first I saw it
I liked this movie from the first I saw it. If you are an old school person with old school values this will appeal. Also beautiful country.
Published 2 days ago by Dehlia
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Victoria's "Friend"?
I love this movie mainly because I am a huge anglophile, and I love anything about England and/or English history. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sheryl J. Frailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Judi Dench at Mrs. Brown
I enjoyed this film tremendously not surprisingly because of the casting. Dench nails it as the inconsolable Queen Victoria and the character that played John Brown quite good... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Robin V. Schenck
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good portrayals.
Very good. I enjoy historical dramas. This seemed realistic and close to the actual costumes & customs of the time.
Published 19 days ago by Hank's girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great cast, beautiful film
The only negative I have is the director's obsession with loud segments focusing close-up on the carriage wheels between scenes. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Cheryl Hudspeth
1.0 out of 5 stars so not pg!
had to stop watching cause of nudity! it said it was pg! glad i started watching it without my little sister! gosh!!!
Published 29 days ago by Jonathan D. Kromer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another side in the life of Queen Victoria
Far from some of other portrayals of Queen Victoria, Judi Dench and Billy Connolly give us a view of a relationship between two people whose social positions couldn't be further... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sunflower
5.0 out of 5 stars Judi Dench is phenomenal
She inhabits this character like she's Queen Victoria herself. It's positively uncanny. The role the gruff, plain-spoken John Brown plays in getting her out of the doldrums of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lonebeaut
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie!!!
I will watch this one again and probably again. Love Judi Dench.
I recommend this to anyone who is interested in watching a sweet little romance story.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Victoria after the death of Prince Albert
When Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria went into deep mourning and depression, causing concern in her family, staff, and Parliament. Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Abigail1851
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