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The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006)

Jane Horrocks , Janet McTeer , Catherine Morshead , Simon Curtis  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jane Horrocks, Janet McTeer, Jodhi May
  • Directors: Catherine Morshead, Simon Curtis, Declan Lowney
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media Pub Inc
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 354 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MV8Z9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Amazing Mrs Pritchard" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The average British citizen feels alienated from his or her government in this 2006 six-part BBC miniseries and supermarket manager Ros Pritchard (Jane Horrocks) is fed up with the bureaucracy of British politics, the lack of involvement of British citizens, and the shenanigans of politicians whose campaigning degenerates into a common fist-fight outside her store. An impulsive statement to the media that "I could do better than you lot!" leads Mrs. Pritchard to run for Parliament in hopes of making the point that everyday people should get interested and involved in politics. Support for this everywoman candidate grows quickly, in spite of her husband Ian's (Steven Mackintosh) displeasure, and before she knows it, Mrs. Pritchard has won a seat in Parliament as a member of the newly formed "Purple Alliance." Although she knows virtually nothing about politics, Mrs. Pritchard is determined to make a positive difference in her country's government and, by surrounding herself with knowledgeable advisors, she implements a number of changes that range from inviting the public to contribute ideas to be incorporated into the Queen's speech to huge changes like relocating the government from London to a small town in the center of the UK and declaring car-free Wednesdays in order to take the lead in the fight against global warming. Through international crises, conflicts with her closest cabinet members, the bashing of herself and her family in the media, and personal difficulties with her husband Ian and eldest daughter Emily (Carey Mulligan), Mrs. Pritchard keeps her calm and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to honesty and common sense. Imagine her dilemma and dismay when the actions of her family and supporters threaten both her resolve and her very ability to serve in Parliament. The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard is a highly compelling story with well-developed characters, lots of suspense, and especially strong performances by Jane Horrocks (Ros Pritchard), Janet McTeer (Catherine Walker), and Jodhi May (Miranda Lennox). It is a powerful exploration of modern British politics and, by extension, politics around the world that leaves viewers with an important message about the public's disillusion with and lack of involvement in the political process and the power of one individual to make a difference. --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

A bold engaging miniseries from the BBC

"She’s got people talking!" That's what everyone says about Ros Pritchard, the successful supermarket manager and mother who ignites a political firestorm when she stands for Parliament and ends up winning the general election. Running on little more than charm, honesty, and common sense, Ros knows next to nothing about politics. Will her passion and determination be enough to guide her as Prime Minister?

Jane Horrocks (Little Voice, Absolutely Fabulous) delivers a warm, winning performance as an ordinary woman who goes to extraordinary lengths to bring politics back to the people. She relocates Parliament to make it more accessible to the masses. She introduces "No Cars Wednesday" to tackle global warming. At the same time, she juggles the needs and demands of her increasingly frustrated family, which she fears is slipping away from her. With humor and charm, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard takes a bold unflinching look at the modern political process -- and the toll it takes on our leaders and their loved ones.

Contains coarse language

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining, Though Incomplete, Story October 8, 2007
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Viewing this six-hour UK miniseries was an unusual experience. I expected the show to be a comedy - after all, it's premise of an ordinary middle-class woman becoming Prime Minister easily lends itself to lighthearted laughs. This isn't the case. While humor is definitely a strong element throughout, the show is very much a serious drama. The six episodes are very good - densely packed with multiple interlocking storylines, each episode moving along at a brisk pace. The acting is uniformly excellent as well. Based on those strengths, I'm tempted to rate the show higher - but there is a problem: it ends with a never-to-be-resolved cliffhanger.

Apparently the show did not perform well in the ratings when it aired last year in the UK. As a result, it seems the show is not returning for a second season. There are a couple of screens containing brief text in an attempt to tie up the most important aspects of the story. These, of course, can't be discussed without revealing too much of the story. But suffice it to say, this is a highly unsatisfactory ending to an otherwise involving TV show. Too many questions are left unanswered - it's literally only half the story.

The main storyline concerns the title character and her unlikely career change from grocery store manager to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her decision to run for such an esteemed position stemmed from her frustration with the available candidates, as well as her friends and family assuring her that she could do a better job than any of them. Surrounded by a skilled staff - all of whom she relies heavily upon - Ros Pritchard finds herself completely ovewhelmed with her immense responsibilities.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British Political Fantasy October 5, 2007
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This six-hour BBC miniseries tells the story of a grocery store manager who decides, after watching two candidates for Parliament engage in fisticuffs outside her store, that she could do a better job. As luck would have it, a TV camera catches her saying so, and soon she finds herself in the middle of a whirlwind political movement. She inspires other women to run for office, and many defect from their political parties to join her. Come election day, her party wins--and she becomes prime minister. (Forgive me--I've just told you how the first hour ends.)

But all is not so simple for Ros Pritchard, the titular star of the show (played with aplomb by Jane Horrocks). Her husband does not support her choice and urges her to refuse the job, fearful that his own secrets will come to light if she takes office. And within hours of her election, she faces the first of several crises that demonstrate to her that being a world leader is tougher than it looked on TV.

Ros rises to the challenge, though, and for four of its six hours this miniseries is a delightful fantasy about how the world would be if "the great British people" got behind a leader with common-sense ideas and a desire to effect real change. Supporting players generate much of the interest, with no one's story more compelling and intriguing than that of Catherine Walker, a former Tory and now the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Catherine is the voice of wisdom and experience that Ros desperately needs, but as portrayed by the stellar Janet McTeer she is a woman with regrets that need working out, as well. Watching her work through her own issues while keeping the country running is a gripping experience.

I limit myself to four of five stars because the final hour of the series goes a bit off the rails.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ROS TO THE RESCUE October 14, 2007
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This six-part series by Sally Wainwright reminds one a bit of the old film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - an idealistic upstart sets about changing the stale political status quo. Of course, you do have to cross the big pond as this is a British drama but the idea is much the same.

In this case, the upstart is, of course, Ros Pritchard, a super market manager who is up to her blond bob in the empty promises politicos make. Then, when two candidates start brawling in front of her market, that cuts it. She says that she could do better than they and sets about doing it, mainly as she puts it "To prove a point."

Well, she more than proves her point as she enlists a number of ardent followers, even wins over some powerful politicians, and her Purple Alliance Party is on the move. Things aren't that positive on the home front as husband, Ian, begs her not to continue. He has a few secrets he'd rather not have made public. Their two daughters, the beauteous Emily and bespectacled Georgina are a bit more compliant.

It will come as little surprise to viewers that she wins the election and as Prime Minister-elect goes about forming a new government, rewarding the strong women who have stood beside her. She is barely in office when deadly serious issues arise and she has to make decisions that she believes are totally beyond her realm. However, self-doubt doesn't stem what is evidently her inexhaustible store of ideas, and she even suggests that Parliament be moved to Bradford.

For this viewer the series peaked with Ros's election. What follows is a series of more personal problems - Emily posing for a boy's magazine, Ian's secrets coming to light, and one of Ros's cohorts having an abortion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pass!
Not very memorable. Only a few years later , I can watch it again and it all seems new. In a few years more I can do it again. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Mrs Pritchard
I enjoyed seeing the first part of this movie twice on PBS, but never got to see how it ended. Being from 'old school' the language was a bit spicy & obviously was cut out on... Read more
Published 14 months ago by ChihuahuaMom
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all the wrong way round...
Loved it. I just loved it, because of the acting and story telling. British political drama at its best. British political comedy at its best.

But... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Zdzislaw Meglicki
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
Though the premise appears a bit farfetched (Lincoln rose from obscurity to be President of the USA) , I did find The Amazing Mrs Pritchard most entertaining. Read more
Published on November 12, 2010 by Helen Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Mrs. Prichard
Saw first episodes on TV years ago and enjoyed them immensely. Never got to see other episodes so was happy to find this CD.
Published on July 25, 2010 by W Miller dba Claudkat
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING series
This series was so good that I hated to have it end.

At first I found the British political system somewhat confusing... Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by BeachReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
I confess that I'm not normally a fan of British shows. I end up watching a lot of them since I live with someone who finds everything the BBC produces to be wonderful. Read more
Published on November 22, 2009 by Comdet
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected
I am not someone normally inclined to watch "political" programs. Yet, several years ago I found myself rather "sucked in" to the West Wing. Read more
Published on July 11, 2009 by Almost 50 Lassie fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary Tale
In hindsight The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard resonates with issues from the recent Vice-Presidential campaign of Sarah Palin -- but I'll just tell you that Mrs. Read more
Published on March 12, 2009 by Righteous Sister Furey
5.0 out of 5 stars There is Never a Dull Moment in the Life of Ros Pritchard
I really enjoyed this very entertaining look at the wrangling of the British Parliament when supermarket manager Ros Pritchard is fed up with what is being offered to her in the... Read more
Published on April 10, 2008 by Nancy
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