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PG-13| 1 hr. 49 min.

Plot Summary
Though adored by the people, the Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley) is not content to sit as a pretty figurehead. Determined to be a major player in affairs of state, she rises to the forefront of the Whig Party and helps usher in reform in late-1700s England. The one thing it seems she cannot do is win the heart of her husband (Ralph Fiennes).

Cast: Keira Knightley , Ralph Fiennes , Charlotte Rampling , Dominic Cooper , Hayley Atwell , Simon McBurney , Aidan McArdle , John Shrapnel

Director: Saul Dibb

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

The Duchess (2008)

Release Date: September 19th, 2008|1 hr. 49 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 22 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's Knightley who makes The Duchess a royal treat. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    It tells the amazing, but mostly true, story of a late-18th century aristocrat who made an indelible mark on English society akin to that of her direct descendant, Lady Diana. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Princess Diana's antecedent, both genetically and figuratively, was a beautiful and glamorous duchess named Georgiana Spencer. Like her descendant, her charm and vivacity captivated England. show more

  • February 22, 2009 Ilona
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    I Loved it

  • February 22, 2009 robbie61987
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    This was a really poor movie, Knightly is so over-rated, it seems they ask anyone to appear in films these days, even if they have not one degree of talent at all.

  • January 04, 2009 PilgerGirl20
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    I thought this was a really good movie, Keira Knightly is always an excellent choice for English period films.

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