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The Queen (2006)

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The Queen is a British biographical drama film that depicts the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997. Initially, the Royal Family regard Diana’s death as a private affair and thus not to be treated as an official royal death. This is in contrast with the views of Tony Blair and Diana’s ex-husband, Prince Charles, who favour the general public’s desire for an official expression of grief. Matters are further complicated by the media, royal protocol regarding Diana’s official status, and wider issues about republicanism.

The film was directed by Stephen Frears, written by Peter Morgan, and starred Helen Mirren in the title role of Queen Elizabeth II. The film’s production and release coincided with a revival of favourable public sentiment in respect to the monarchy, a downturn in fortunes for Tony Blair, and the British inquiry into the death of Diana. Michael Sheen reprised his role as Tony Blair from The Deal in 2003, and he did so again in The Special Relationship in 2010.

The 1997 general election has Tony Blair elected as the prime minister from the Labour Party on a manifesto of reform and modernisation. Less than four months later, Diana, Princess of Wales is killed in a car crash at the Alma Bridge tunnel in Paris.

Immediately, her death presents problems for her ex-husband, Prince Charles, and Blair, to accord the mother of a future king that is no longer a member of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II wonders if Blair will turn his modernisation pledge on to the royal family since he attempts to have her reconsider her views on the funeral plans. Diana’s family, the Spencers, called for the funeral to be private.

Director: Stephen Frears

Writer: Peter Morgan

Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings, Helen McCrory, Sylvia Syms, Roger Allam

Cast:

Helen MirrenThe Queen
James CromwellPrince Philip
Alex JenningsPrince Charles
Roger AllamRobin Janvrin
Sylvia SymsQueen Mother
Tim McMullanStephen Lamport
Robin SoansEquerry
Lola PeploeJanvrin’s Secretary
Douglas ReithLord Airlie
Joyce HendersonBalmoral Maid
Pat LaffanHead Ghillie
Amanda HadingueQueen’s Dresser
John McGlynnBalmoral Head Ghillie
Gray O’BrienCharles’ Valet
Dolina MacLennanBalmoral Switchboard Operator
Jake Taylor ShantosPrince William
Dash BarberPrince Harry
Michael SheenTony Blair
Helen McCroryCherie Blair
Mark BazeleyAlastair Campbell
Kananu KirimiBlair’s PA
Susan HitchBlair’s Secretary
Julian FirthBlair’s Aide
Harry Alexander CoathEuan Blair
Earl CameronPortrait Artist
Elliot LeveyTV Director
Anthony DebaeckCatholic Priest
Emmy Lou HarriesLittle Girl
Laurence BurgPrincess Diana
Michel GayDodi Fayed
Wolfgang PissorsGerman Reporter
Malou BeauvoirAmerican Reporter
Paul BarrettFrench Bodyguard
Xavier CastanoFrench Bodyguard
Mohamed Al-FayedSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Martin BashirSelf (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill ClintonSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tom CruiseSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julie EagletonWoman in Crowd (uncredited)
Dodi FayedSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
James FiddyNo.10 Advisor (uncredited)
Tom HanksSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Martin HeathcoteSecret Service (uncredited)
Elton JohnSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Forbes KBBiker (uncredited)
Nicole KidmanSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Martyn LewisSelf – Newsreader (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nelson MandelaSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alan MarshExtra (uncredited)
Trevor McDonaldSelf – Newsreader (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mae McDougallStalking Party (uncredited)
Nicholas OwenSelf – Newsreader (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gavin ParkRoyal Protection Officer (uncredited)
Camilla Parker-BowlesSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Luciano PavarottiSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Princess DianaSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tony Red RichardsMan in Crowd (uncredited)
Stephen SamsonGreenkeeper (uncredited)
Jon SnowSelf – Newsreader (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julia SomervilleSelf – Newsreader (archive footage) (uncredited)
Earl Charles SpencerSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Steven SpielbergSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
David StarkeySelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tracey UllmanSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ralitsa VassilevaSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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