Mrs. Brown (1997)

Mrs. Brown

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AUDIENCE SCORE

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.


Movie Info

Queen Victoria's court is thrown into an uproar when the monarch becomes close friends with a Scottish hunting guide and stable groom. The relationship begins three years after the death of Victoria's beloved husband Albert. Despite the length of time since his demise, the deeply depressed Victoria (distinguished British actress Judi Dench) still grieves and has become a recluse. All her family, friends and associates try to cheer her up, but it is to no avail until feisty John Brown (Billy … 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
Runtime:
Miramax Films

Cast


as Queen Victoria

as John Brown

as Henry Ponsonby

as Disraeli

as Archie Brown

as Doctor Jenner

as Prince of Wales

as Lady Churchill

as Lady In Waiting

as Princess Alexandra

as Princess Helena

as Princess Louise

as Princess Alice

as Prince Alfred

as Prince Arthur

as Prince Leopold

as Bertie's Valet

as Mrs. Grant

as Mr. Grant

as Lord Stanley

as Assistant Dresser

as Mary Ann Disraeli

as Speaker of the House

as Commons Counter

as Dean of Windsor

as Journalist

as Journalist

as Society Lady

as Sir Charles Dilke

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
Variety
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
TheMovieReport.com

terrific performances make it a must-see

April 20, 2008
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Brown

½

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.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

thmtsang
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

½

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.

RossCollinsUK
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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