• Vera Drake (2004)

Vera Drake

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

Keywords: Police station, Mother, Emotional, Investigation, England, Dark, Hospital, Quest, 1950s, Family, Fall

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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.

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

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

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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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Awards

Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Winner Golden Lion for best movie
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia (2004)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Directing
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)