The Queen

Starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth
And Martin Sheen as Tony Blair
Directed by Stephen Frears
Miramax Films, 1 hour 43 minutes
Release Date September 30, 2006

THE QUEEN is an intimate, touching and humorous look at Queen Elizabeth, the British royal family and Prime Minister Tony Blair the week after the death of Princess Diana Spencer. Queen Elizabeth is forced to confront herself and her people as she faces the outpouring of emotion surrounding Diana's death, and the public demand for her to display her grief. Her struggle is revealed in her dialogues with Tony Blair as she attempts to come to terms with the conflicts between her private and public life.

"The Queen is a film for Diana and her memory. Nine years after her death, Frears' bold film brings to the light the fact that Diana, with her beauty, grace and compassion, still holds a special position in our minds and our hearts. Although we see Diana only in documentary footage and file photographs, her presence makes the The Queen a very rich film."
Aseem Chhabra, Rediff India Abroad

"Frears uses footage of the funeral and the real Diana to comment on the action. But the real triumph of the film is the dignity it finally allows the queen....As the queen walks past the mountain of flowers the people have left at the palace and reads the notes of love to Diana - and the insults to Her Majesty - Mirren lets us see the confusion and hurt in Elizabeth's eyes. It's Blair who has forced her back to London to mourn Diana publicly...."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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