• The Lady in the Van (2015)

The Lady in the Van

Release Date: December 4th, 2015

DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2016

PG-13 |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years.

Cast: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Deborah Findlay, Frances de la Tour, Gwen Taylor, Jim Broadbent, David Calder

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: BBC Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: London , Sacrifice , Love , Friendship , 1970s , Amusing , Inspiring ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    It's Smith's eccentric oldster who is the film's driving force, and the 80-year-old actress doesn't disappoint. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Try not to let the film's overbearingly jaunty score get in the way. The Lady in the Van is quite a feat. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    This English film, directed by Nicholas Hytner, is also wonderfully funny, terribly touching and a vehicle — with comically dilapidated vehicles — for the boundless gifts of Maggie Smith. show more

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Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy