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Victoria & Abdul (2017)

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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

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Bertie, Prince of Wales
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Mohammed
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Lord Salisbury
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Alick Yorke
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Arthur Bigge
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Ahmed
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Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

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An extraordinary tale of a queen and her new best friend. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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6 October 2017 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,845, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,135,545, 11 December 2017
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Trivia

Olivia Williams's character, Jane Spencer, the Baroness Churchill, actually died one month prior to Queen Victoria. She served as Lady of the Bedchamber from 1854 until her death and was the longest serving member of the queen's personal household. She passed away from heart failure on Christmas Eve, 1900. See more »

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Abdul at least twice refers to his home province as "Uttar Pradesh". That name was coined in 1950, in the respective period the area was known as "United Provinces". See more »

Quotes

Queen Victoria: Everyone I love has died and I just go on and on. What is the point?
Abdul Karim: Service, Your Majesty. We are here for a greater purpose.
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Follows Mrs Brown (1997) See more »

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Empty costume flick
12 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

For all the praise and glory this flick has received I must disagree!

Judi Dench is boorish as Victoria because it's just another Dench role she has perfected in previous movies. A strong willed hard nosed yet vulnerable woman. And Ali Fazal as Abdul comes across as more like a puppet than a person. The character development in both Victoria and Abdul is at a total loss.

I believe the other reviewers that speak so colorfully about this flick are overwhelmed by the magnificent production and photography and completely fail to see the thread bare script and transparent story line.

Four stars because it was pretty to watch.


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