In the wake of Princess Diana’s death, the very private and tradition-bound Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and the royal family remain stoic behind castle walls. As a heartbroken public becomes disillusioned with the queen’s absence, Britain’s new and increasingly popular prime minister, Tony Blair (Michael Sheen), battles to convince the monarchy that its desire for privacy could lead to its downfall. Mirren’s performance earned her the Oscar for best actress.

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Director
Stephen Frears
Released
2006
Country
UK/USA/France/Italy
Running Time
103 minutes
Format
Digital, Color