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Queenie

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Editorial Reviews

A 1987 major television event based on Michael Korda's novel. Queenie is reputedly a fictionalized treatment of the life of the late actress Merle Oberon, who was married to Korda's uncle, Alexander Korda. The story deals with an exotic young girl who rises from the slums of Calcutta to the brink of international stardom, but who is haunted by her past. Directed by Larry Peerce (The Other Side of the Mountain), this spectacular production was filmed in England, India and Sri Lanka. The all-star international cast includes Kirk Douglas, Mia Sara, Joel Grey, Sarah Miles, Topol, and Joss Ackland. Music by legendary composer, Georges Delerue (A Man For All Seasons).


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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Mia Sara, Sarah Miles, Joel Grey, Topol
  • Directors: Larry Peerce
  • Writers: Michael Korda, April Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Full Screen, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 233 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TKYHK6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "alamsami" on May 14, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Mia Sara stars as the beautiful half-caste, Merle Oberon. After being accused of murder, Queenie escapes the misery of Calcutta and travels to London. Later on as Queenie rises to the heights of Hollywood superstardom, she gets an offer to star in a film which is to be filmed in Calcutta...
Queenie is based on the the novel by Michael Korda.
The first part of the film shot about Queenie's early years are much more interesting than the years that follow ... in London & Hollywood.
A moving picture, with great performances.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VIDFAN VINE VOICE on June 17, 2011
Format: DVD
I loved this movie. It's rare that a film manages to combine social commentary (a bitter indictment of racism) with romance, glamour, suspense, beautifully photographed locations, mysticism, and complex characters. The racism element added depth to what otherwise would have been a steamy, trashy potboiler along the lines of a Sidney Sheldon or Jackie Collins novel. As it is, this film is all the more moving because so many scenes are based on truth: Queenie is based on the life of part-Indian Merle Oberon who managed to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1930s by passing for white. However, unlike this fictionized version (spoilers here) Oberon was never able to come to terms with her heritage and there is no way she would have been able to work in Hollywood again as a leading lady had she done the brave actions her fictionized heroine does here (see the scarcity of Indian actresses in today's Hollywood cinema as an example). Kirk Douglas plays a surprisingly sympathetic if ruthless movie director, based on Alexander Korda, and his death scene at the end is shockingly realistic. The scene in which Dawn must pretend her mother is a maid is also based on truth. While Oberon of course never accidentally killed anyone, I liked how the murder subplot (which is not really the focus of the film) added urgency to Dawn's hiding of her identity. Great care was taken with this production, and it shows. A great film that inspires anyone of any race to be true to his/herself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. peoples on February 1, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
As the previous viewer was upset over the book vs. movie I can say I didn't even know there was a book to this story. It's a wonderful story - beautfully told and it will keep you on hte end your seat the entire time. I wish they would make in on DVD. It deserves one!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Iman Saleh on July 13, 2000
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When I first saw Queenie, I was immediately struck with the masterful depiction of British India. The bitter racial prejudice that permeated the environment was exceedingly well portrayed in Queenie's life story. It emphasized the ridiculousness of racial superiority, as Queenie was part Indian, yet no one could tell so merely by her appearance, as she looked quite white, and was treated thus by those who did not know her ancestry. This superficiality of skin color was a fantastic motif in the movie. Besides being rich in historical culture, however, Queenie also succeeded in being a movie about the power of the individual--Queenie persevered against all odds, fighting herself as well as her environment, yet at the end she is able to accept herself, and be proud of her heritage as well. In essence, this movie is a unique and classic archetypal story, richly done, and laudable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diana Kavanagh on September 25, 2012
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This is a fabulous movie - one I saw on Tv years ago, but never forgot, and which I hunted for on Amazon, and happily found. It's the story of a young half caste British/Indian girl named Queenie, who is born in India, and whose looks don't show the Indian side of her heritage. Her mother sends her to a proper British School in India, and she tries to bring her daughter up as British. Some ugly incidents happen, which cause Queenie to have to go to England in a great hurry, where she struggles but eventually finds work at several different jobs, over a period of time, until finally, she makes it in the movie industry and becomes famous as a beautiful British movie star, but under a different name. Unfortunately, a previous nasty incident in India, raises it's ugly head and threatens to unravel her new life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Coughlin on May 4, 2009
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This was a wonderful transaction with quick response and delivery after payment. The Tape was the compact version of the original television series back in 1987 but was enjoyable none the less! I cannot recommend this seller more highly than this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lea Gamble on August 17, 2013
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This movie is wonderful .
Romantic . A true history
I watched this movie when I was
8 or 9 years old . I felt in love
With history and with the actress
And actors . Kirk Douglas
Is in it !!!!!
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This TV movie is pretty good, though it pained me to see Claire Bloom made up to be an impoverished Indian woman and mother to the star of the film. Kirk Douglas as a ruthless Hollywood producer turns in a fine performance but then, when has he not?
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