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Mrs. Brown (1997)

Mrs. Brown (1997)

Mrs. Brown



Critic Consensus: Thanks to some top notch acting, the chemistry between its stars, and a witty, thoughtful script, Mrs. Brown delivers a nuanced and entertaining, if not entirely factual, account of a seldom explored historical relationship.

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Following her husband's death, Queen Victoria's inconsolable grief forced her into a seclusion that did not abate until feisty Scottish groom John Brown, entered her life and goaded her into living again. Their close friendship caused a major scandal. This factual drama offers an unusually intimate look into Victoria's life.more
Rating: PG (For a beating, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Brock
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 1998
Miramax Films


Judi Dench
as Queen Victoria
Billy Connolly
as John Brown
Geoffrey Palmer
as Henry Ponsonby
Antony Sher
as Disraeli
Gerard Butler
as Archie Brown
Richard Pasco
as Doctor Jenner
David Westhead
as Prince of Wales
Georgie Glen
as Lady Churchill
Catherine O'Donnell
as Lady In Waiting
Sara Stewart
as Princess Alexandra
Finty Williams
as Princess Helena
Clair Nicolson
as Princess Louise
Hattie Ladburty
as Princess Alice
Oliver Kent
as Prince Alfred
Alex Menzies
as Prince Arthur
Simon McKerrell
as Prince Leopold
Rupert Farley
as Bertie's Valet
Elaine Collins
as Mrs. Grant
Jimmy Chisholm
as Mr. Grant
Jason Morell
as Lord Stanley
Rebecca Charles
as Assistant Dresser
Cherith Mellor
as Mary Ann Disraeli
George Hall
as Speaker of the House
Robin Marchal
as Commons Counter
Oliver Ford Davies
as Dean of Windsor
Patrick Hannaway
as Journalist
John Ramsay
as Journalist
Delia Lindsay
as Society Lady
James Vaughan
as Sir Charles Dilke
Theo Steele
as Footman
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Brown

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (10)

Centering on a lesser-known chapter in the reign of Queen Victoria, this richly detailed drama about her intimate relationship with her servant that scandalized the country is extremely well-acted; Judi Dench deserves an Oscar nomination

Full Review… | January 29, 2007
Top Critic

Dench is magnificent as Victoria, a toy-sized, black-suited, dough girl of despair, a woman slowly recovering her wits and her expectations.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

''Mrs. Brown'' transcends its period setting not only with a keenly observed struggle between love and duty but also with the kind of controversy that envelops the Queen and her servant.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Even as the film teases us with the underlying ''sensuality'' of the relationship, it fails to portray it as a convincing human bond. Mrs. Brown is stately yet depressed, like Victoria.

Full Review… | July 18, 1997
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A highly resonant testament to the redemptive power of love--one that transcends traditional romantic definitions.

Full Review… | March 31, 2009

terrific performances make it a must-see

April 20, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Brown


Stories of England's many queens have been overflowing in the past twenty years, "Mrs. Brown" being one of the first examples, followed shortly by "Elizabeth." Judi Dench is phenomenal, as always, and courts the film as a strong leader, a wailing widow, and a great friend to her manservant, John Brown. While the film alludes to the two having an intense bond, this is not a torrid romantic drama, and very much retains respect for the monarchy. Victoria is a grieving widow throughout, as she was in life, but Billy Connelly's performance as John Brown spices up her life and brings her out of seclusion. The ending would have to be the least enjoyable thing about this film, as it just sort of ends without much explanation, and this beautiful relationship that they've built up throughout the film is abandoned. It feels like there wasn't a point in the film in the first place and upends everything they've alluded to throughout the film. Otherwise it was an understated period piece that told a much underappreciated story with zest and life.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she goes into mourning. A highlander comes to court to take her out of her depression. Great cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


A fascinating period drama of the post-Albert era in Victorian Britain. The start is very slow, with little dialogue emphasising the coldness of the Queen's state of mind. But as she warms to her new Scottish servant, John Brown, played perfectly by Billy Connolly, an engrossing story emerges.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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