• Victoria & Abdul (2017)

Victoria & Abdul

Release Date: September 22nd, 2017

DVD Release Date: December 19th, 2017

PG-13 |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity.

Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard, Simon Callow, Tim Pigott-Smith, Adeel Akhtar

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Working Title Films, Cross Street Films, BBC Films

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Emotional, Temptation, Inspiring, London, Car, Love, Friend, 2010s, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Fine performances from a cast of pros generally win out over the story's more formulaic aspects. show more

  • 60
    Jonathan RomneyScreen International

    The film’s lavish production values and a comic register more impish than truly acerbic makes this a surprisingly cosy piece of luxury heritage cinema. show more

  • 50
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    There’s not much to Victoria & Abdul, but as a delivery system for Judi Dench, it serves its purpose. Otherwise, it’s just Buckingham Palace fetishism cranked up to peak mumsy. show more

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Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2018)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2018)
Nominated Makeup and Hairstyling