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The Duchess

Release Date: September 19th, 2008

DVD Release Date: December 27th, 2008

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

Production Co: Magnolia Mae, Pathé, Paramount Vantage, Qwerty Films, BBC Films

Keywords: Brooding , Daughter , Love , Passionate , England ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    While I much liked The Duchess, this portrait feels unfinished. show more

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Instead of scintillation, the movie gives us a succession of discrete set pieces, as if the action takes place in rooms but not in the halls connecting them. show more

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Keira Knightley is a terrific choice to play the 18th century socialite. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2009)
Winner Costume Design
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture