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 remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, 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.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC V
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr. 51 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital,rda
widescreen (2.40:1),24 fps,rda
NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda

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LSbook
Apr 14, 2018

Rather unexpected way that the story unfolded. Did feel sorry for the countryman that had to show up in England with Abdul. Seems that both men relied on favour or not to stay in England.
Funny to see even in Victoria's time (she who led the massive cutlery for every food endeavour) that when she finished a course, it meant the end of the course for all the guests. Must have been a tremendous social and financial burden for guests to show up dressed to the nines and be early then to race to eat yet still keep up their part in the table conversations.
What a tedious society!

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wongsokguan
Apr 12, 2018

A sweet story of friendship and loneliness.

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midori_hon
Apr 10, 2018

lovely visuals, dame dench was amazing as always. happy i saw it as a library rental rather than paying to see it in the theater.

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22METZ
Apr 08, 2018

An enjoyable relaxing movie with beautiful scenery.

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wildct2003
Apr 03, 2018

Overall enjoyable, although a bit depressing at points as it takes places at the end of Victoria's reign.

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jackalopeala
Apr 02, 2018

Delightful. I totally enjoyed this movie.

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Lucik32
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.

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LawyerLady
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!

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yontichat
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

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ba_library
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.

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imagenel
Feb 19, 2018

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

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jimg2000
Jan 30, 2018

***SPOILER ALERT***
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.

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jimg2000
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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