Victoria & Abdul

Victoria & Abdul

DVD - 2017
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"The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen's Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity." -- cover.
Publisher: Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia, Australia : [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD VICT
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 107 min.)
Alternative Title: Victoria and Abdul


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LoganLib_darsh Jan 29, 2018

A beautifully done movie based on true events in the British Monarchy which was kept hidden for nearly a century.

aavishkakumar Jan 21, 2018

A very beautiful movie with brilliant actors.

LoganLib_Ashlee Jan 18, 2018

Judi Dench is one of my favourite actresses, her role of Victioria was portrayed to make you believe she was the Queen herself!

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Mar 11, 2018

I could not handle how arogant, superior and rude British aristocrats were (and some still are). The movie itself was incredibly boring and could not attract me. Switched it off in its half. Cannot recommend it.

Feb 22, 2018

This movie is wonderful... and to think it was almost lost forever due to racial prejudices. Because Queen Victoria's family, after her death, burned, destroyed, or got rid of pretty much everything that showed her connection to Abdul, this story between Victoria and Abdul was not discovered for almost 100 years! Makes you wonder how much else we have lost to the throes of history because someone was trying to erase the past. Wonderful acting all around and good pacing. A must rent!

Feb 20, 2018

I saw this film because of Dame Dench whom I think is a fine actress. It was beautifully shot and the scenes were lovely, but I had to turn it off - I thought it was boring and it is “based” on a true story I found it silly how the lead character acted towards the queen i didn’t even last 40 minutes, the film was a total waste of time for me

Feb 13, 2018

Very sweet movie about Queen Victoria and her Indian footman/servant Abdul Karim (based on a true story). Starts in 1887 in Agra, India. Abdul is selected to present the Queen of England and the Empress of India with a coin for her Golden Jubilee. He is selected because he is tall, Indian and handsome, his partner Mohammed who travels with him is shorter and not as handsome, but some other tall guy fell off an elephant and was injured. The whole scenario is a sort of set-up for the ignorance of the British Empire and the diversity of the people it represented. The Queen takes a liking to Abdul and requires both of the Hindus to stay in England. The Hindus are actually Muslim Indians who have difficulty assimilating to English royal life. Grand dinner parties with the English gentry and huge households/castles and estates with large staff that do not care for the brown guys. Queen Victoria adopts Abdul as her teacher to learn more about India and to teach her Hindi (actually Urdu explains Abdul). She is enamored with him and his Indian ways much to the discomfort of her family and staff. She laments the loss of her husband and the film also mentions the loss of her friend Mr. Brown (see the good film "Mrs. Brown" about her relationship with her Scottish staff member) as she ages. Abdul seems to keep her interested in life and living. The film is not action packed, the scenery is lovely, Judi Dench is always outstanding, and Ali Fazal is excellent as Abdul. A serious look at ultimate power that might be managed, downsized, regulated, normalized/equalized(?) by loving friendship and understanding.

Jan 29, 2018

The Brits sure know how to milk generations of royals for their (and ours) entertainment. While most film/TV productions are respectful and stolid, this Queen & I has a healthy dose of satire/subservient subversiveness/political intrigues since it is by Stephen Frears who also directed Dame Judi in Philomena. D.J. made the most un-royal entrance, snoring in bed with her back to the camera (that paid off after); suffered snide remark "Browning of Mrs. Brown", as her new friend is Hindu, but Muslim, not Scot; reigned in her son-king-in-waiting (a very good Eddie Izzard: Mommy, WHEN can i be king, sound familiar?); even SING (before that brassy Liza M., D.J. was the original Sally Bowles in the London cast of Cabaret in 1968, 50-yr. ago today. BPL has CD, imagine that). For those who are not familiar with Frears' numerous films, google or check out his first films such as My Beautiful Laundrette which launched Daniel Day Lewis' career (now in Phantom Thread), Sammy & Rosie get Laid, or Prick up your Ears (Gary Oldman, now in Darkest Hours). For non-fiction book @ BPL: 941.081092 kar

LoganLib_darsh Jan 29, 2018

A beautifully done movie based on true events in the British Monarchy which was kept hidden for nearly a century.

Jan 28, 2018

Truly enjoy Judy Dench in everything I've seen her act in. She is amazing as Queen Victoria. Ali Fazal was also excellent as Abdul. Wish there could have been more from Abdul's side of the misunderstanding but all in all I'm very glad I saw the movie. Would definitely recommend it.

Jan 27, 2018

Another romantic royal story since “Mrs. Brown 1997.” Same glorious Osborne House setting and major characters like Ponsonby, Prince of Wales, Lady Churchill and others but only Dench returns to play the lonely Queen seeking meaningful companionship between her golden jubilee (June 1887) and death (January 1901 at aged 81). Along came two Indian Muslims to help celebrate the festivities, one of whom was Abdul Karim, a tall and handsome 24 year old. As Empress of India, she promoted Abdul Munshi and learned Urdu and Indian culture. Extraordinary though fictionalized version of Q. Victoria and her man, as all British records of Abdul was burnt/destroyed or rewritten by the Royal household after Queen Victoria’s death.

Learn more about the film and the real Karim Abdul here:

Jan 25, 2018

Really enjoyed this. Judi Drench was amazing. Found myself hoping it would work out. Would reccomend. 4 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

aavishkakumar Jan 21, 2018

A very beautiful movie with brilliant actors.

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Feb 19, 2018

Abdul: The mango is OFF. Victoria: The mango is OFF!

Jan 30, 2018

Most controversial scene part 1 of 2:

Mother, we have to see you. Alone.
-I'm in the middle of my Urdu lesson.
Mother, we come with very important news of a highly personal matter.
-I've nothing to hide from Abdul.
Please, Your Majesty. Your Majesty... I'm afraid our news concerns the Munshi. We have proof beyond any doubt that Abdul Karim is a low-born impostor, Your Majesty.
-The Munshi is from a noble family and a long line of teachers.
No, I'm afraid he was a mere clerk in a common jail. My own son has sent word from India and has actually spoken to his immediate superior. His family are completely uneducated. His father is a lowly apothecary. // The Munshi never even went to school, Mother. The man's a complete fraud. And here he is, overlooking the boxes. // I'm afraid it's true, Your Majesty. Abdul and his father are completely common. We have prepared a dossier.

Jan 30, 2018

Most controversial scene part 2 of 2:

-You despicable toads! Racialists! Spying? Dossier? Picking on a poor defenseless Indian? Of course he doesn't have qualifications. They do things completely differently out there.
Don't you see, Mama? He's using his position for his own gain.
-And how does that make him any different from any of you? How dare you look down on Abdul? How dare you defame his poor father? Bertie, I'm ashamed that you're part of all this. Abdul is a loyal, wise, sympathetic human being, who has raised himself on his own merits. … It has become apparent that in order to get any respect from the Household, one needs to be formally recognized. In which case, Abdul. I intend to give you a knighthood in the next honors list.
Enough! This is absurd! We cannot protect you from this any further. The man is riddled with gonorrhea!
-Gonorrhea? SIR HENRY:
Yes. Your Majesty.
-Well, you are a doctor. Why don't you treat him? Now get out of my sight, all of you!

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