The Queen

Release Date: September 30th, 2006

DVD Release Date: April 24th, 2007

PG-13 |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

Following the death of Princess Diana in an auto accident, Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) struggle to reach a compromise in how the royal family should publicly respond to the tragedy. In the balance is the family's need for privacy and the public's demand for an outward show of mourning.

Cast: Dame Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Helen McCrory, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms, Mark Bazeley

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: Pathé Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions

Keywords: Rise, Wife, London, Gripping, 1990s, Moving, Fall, Death

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Marvelously smart, funny and entertaining film.

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Queen is a spellbinding story of opposed passions -- of Elizabeth's icy resolve to keep the royal family separate and aloof from the death of the divorced Diana, who was legally no longer a royal, and of Blair's correct reading of the public mood. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A fascinating mix of high-minded gossip and historical perspective, examines the clash of values -- of ritual and traditions versus media savvy and political ambition -- that leads to a crisis for the British monarchy. show more

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)