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Release Date: October 10th, 2004

DVD Release Date: March 29th, 2005

R|2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary
In 1950s England, housekeeper Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton) is a kindly wife and mother who offers selfless devotion and unwavering care to her family, which includes her husband (Philip Davis) and two grown children (Alex Kelly, Daniel Mays). However, unknown to her friends and family, Drake provides abortions to local women with unwanted pregnancies. When the authorities learn of her illegal activities, Drake loses the admiration of many around her -- and possibly her freedom.

Cast: Imelda Staunton, Philip Davis, Peter Wight, Adrian Scarborough, Heather Craney, Daniel Mays, Alex Kelly, Sally Hawkins

Director: Mike Leigh

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Film Council, Thin Man Films, Studio Canal

Distributors: Fine Line Features

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  • It does a masterful job of capturing a specific time and place while reminding us how timeless the abortion dialogue is. show more

  • As an evocation of English working-class life half a century ago, it feels utterly authentic, and is ennobled -- not too strong a word, I think -- by Imelda Staunton's performance in the title role.

  • It's difficult to think of another recent film so seamlessly rendered or that envelops an audience so completely in its period authenticity. show more

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