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Hyde Park On Hudson 2012 R CC

(505) IMDb 5.8/10
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Bill Murray and Laura Linney star in this engaging look at the pivotal meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the King and Queen of England at FDR's home in upstate New York.

Bill Murray, Laura Linney
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Roger Michell
Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney
Supporting actors Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Marvel, Olivia Williams, Elizabeth Wilson, Martin McDougall, Andrew Havill, Eleanor Bron, Nancy Baldwin, Tim Beckmann, Guy Paul, Eben Young, Samantha Dakin, Buffy Davis, Morgan Deare, Tim Ahern, Tommy Campbell, Jeff Mash
Studio Focus Features
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 10, 2013
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Man VINE VOICE on April 10, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Gawlitta on March 10, 2015
Format: DVD
It wasn't until "St Vincent" that I had any admiration for Bill Murray. His smarmy, snotty attitude toward people at large has almost always annoyed me. He didn't try to copy FDR, which is to his credit, but an essential part of the character was missing in this film. A bold casting choice, indeed.
The character of this enigmatic American icon was displayed as bland and downright uninteresting.

Laura Linney is one of my favorite actresses, having proved herself repeatedly, but she's not given a lot to work with, here. It's a vapid and boring character, and even Ms Linney's great gifts couldn't transcend the script and her character as written.

The whole idea of this film screams comedy, but there's little. If it wasn't for the appearance of the King of England and his wife, the film would've been a bust. Indeed, Olivia Colman as Elizabeth, was the most energetic character, though not written as such. THAT is acting.

There was too much attention made to caricature and period detail, there was no room for true creativity among the cast members; writing was pedestrian. Linney's voice-over was good, but the character itself left me flat. As did the whole film. I wanted to like this film.

I didn't.
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