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Issue: 2006

The Queen (2006) movie review

Sudden Death, Rude Awakening


When Lady Diana Spencer married the heir to the throne of England, the world watched and many celebrated. A kindergarten teacher, albeit a 'noble' one, married the future king of England, wearing a tiara and a big poofy dress and dragging a train that went on forever. He kissed her on the balcony in front of the gathered crowds and it was a fairy tale promise. One that came crashing down amid stories of infidelity and attempted suicide.

And just as Diana seemed to be getting on with her life and finding happiness, several members of press chased her to her death.

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Movie poster, The Queen
Tradition Prepared Her. Change Will Define Her.

August 1997, Tony Blair is three months into his prime ministership when Diana dies. The royal family are in Balmoral, Scotland. The major part of this film begins -- extrapolating from rumour and theories the behind-the-scenes story of the impact of Diana's death on the people, the government, and her in-laws-that-were. The HRHs.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 15 Sep 2006
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See also: Diana and Me
Goodnight, Sweet Princess (article)

Just the facts:

Title: The Queen (2006)
Written by: Peter Morgan
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Running time: 103 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Helen Mirren, James Cromwell, Sylvia Syms

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