Victoria & Abdul (2017)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, History

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Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.


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14 January 2019 | krocheav
| Victoria and Abdul - Largely Fact or Mostly Fiction?
This movie is a treat for the eyes with gorgeous Scottish locations, stylishly detailed costumes, stately summer palaces, and consists of many professional performances. It's good to see Dame Dench give a strong performance following some by-the-numbers of late. It also holds the attention for most of its run time by offering a tell-tale story of a little known relationship between this long reigning Queen, with a randomly selected Indian - who was one of two 'local subjects' brought to England to present her with a specially minted gold coin - as token of appreciation from British ruled India. The close relationship that follows between her and one of the guest presenters tends to become perhaps a little too romanticised for the level of believability expected of its audience. Victoria's Burqa comments made at her first sight of Abdul's wife - seem far too 'fanciful' if not highly doubtful.

It's more like a case of this older woman maybe being mesmerized by the mystical East or the BBC perhaps, following a mandate to sell a political message of Muslim cleansing to the British populace and the world. Either way there's a feeling that, at its core, maybe lays a major thread of PC manipulation. If you can brush this aside you'll enjoy a well-made tale of highly unusual interracial fascination but, there remain other odd facts to overcome. As head of the Church of England this Queen is allowed to slowly die - without a representative of her church being in attendance - highly suspect if this is being claimed as true! The introductory credits tell us; "This story is based on real events...well, mostly". Make of that what you will.

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Release Date:

6 October 2017


English, Urdu, Hindi, Italian, Arabic

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Cairngorms, Highland, Scotland, UK

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$158,845 24 September 2017

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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