Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown

July 18, 1997 0 By Fans
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Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown…

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 7.2/10 (6,672 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

John Madden

Stars: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer

Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis.


Judi Dench

Queen Victoria

Billy Connolly

John Brown

Geoffrey Palmer

Henry Ponsonby

Antony Sher

Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli

Gerard Butler

Archie Brown

Richard Pasco

Doctor Jenner

David Westhead

Prince of Wales (Bertie)

Bridget McConnell

Lady Ely

Georgie Glen

Lady Churchill

Catherine O'Donnell


Sara Stewart

Princess Alexandra

Finty Williams

Princess Helena

Claire Nicolson

Princess Louise

Hattie Ladbury

Princess Alice

Oliver Kent

Prince Alfred

Queen Victoria, the world's most powerful woman. John Brown, a simple Scottish Highlander. Their extraordinary friendship transformed an empire.


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Release Date: 18 July 1997

Filming Locations: Ardverikie estate, Highland, Scotland, UK

Opening Weekend: $76,268
(20 July 1997)
(6 Screens)

Gross: $9,217,930
(22 March 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Gerard Butler (Archie) became hypothermic after filming the scene in which he and Billy Connolly (John Brown) run naked into the ocean.


Factual errors:
When the Prince of Wales recovers from typhoid, the Queen commands that a Mass of Thanksgiving be held at St. George's Chapel. The Queen was a devout low-church Anglican/Presbyterian in England and Scotland and would have never ordered a mass. In reality, a Church of England Service of Thanksgiving was held at St. Paul's Cathedral.


Queen Victoria:
Duty? You talk about duty?

John Brown:
If duty and safety are served by the same end then, aye, I do.

Queen Victoria:
I cannot believe you are saying this? You, who I have relied on all this time.

John Brown:
Have I ever let you down before?

Queen Victoria:
You stand there and tell me it is my duty. After all you promised me!

John Brown:
I'm breaking no promises!

Queen Victoria:
You are forcing me to do the very thing you know I fear most!

John Brown:
For god's sake, woman, I'm just trying to keep you safe!

Queen Victoria:
I will not hear any more about my safety! You made me a promise and now you have broken it!

John Brown:
When I took you out riding, come rain or shine, because I knew it was right for you, when I kept the bairns off your back so you could have a bit of peace, when I saw you safe from home to home and you didn't even knowI was there. All I've ever thought about is you!

User Review

Excellent, but not a romance


This is a phenomenal movie, but I am rather peeved at the way it has been
marketed. When I rented the movie, the blurb on the box luridly touted the
"forbidden passion between a rugged Scotsman and the most powerful woman in
the world." Other marketing of the film is similar. That's not what the
movie is about at all!! It is a very sad commentary on our society if a
moving drama about terrible grief being assuaged through loyal friendship
cannot be accepted for what it is. Is the American public really that
shallow? I don't know whether to blame movie execs for dumbing down the
presentation of their product to titillate the lowest common denominator, or
the American public for maybe actually being that way.

Diatribes aside, Dench and Connolly are phenomenal. Victoria and Brown are
complex characters with conflicting emotions, and one almost feels able to
look upon their souls in this portrayal. Antony Sher was delightful as the
orator/politician Benjamin Disraeli, at the same time both wise and gently
pompous. The makeup job was so good that I actually recognized him as
Disraeli before his name was mentioned.

If you are disappointed because this is not a puerile romance, shame on you.
These are real people with real emotions. This moving story of grief and
friendship is definitely one of the best of the year.