Victoria & Abdul

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  111 min.
Release Date:
September 29, 2017 - Toronto
October 6, 2017 - Expands
DVD: December 19, 2017
Blu-ray: December 19, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.78
based on 108 votes and 39 reviews
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Cast: Michael Gambon, Judi Dench, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard, Simon Callow, Ali Fazal


Queen Victoria (Judi Dench), at the time the longest serving monarch in history, meets a clerk named Abdul (Ali Fazal) when he is chosen to travel to England from his native India for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee — which symbolizes 50 years on the throne. His mission is to present the monarch with a ceremonial coin. 

Although he is warned not to make eye contact with Victoria, the young man can't help himself and smiles at her after giving her the coin. Intrigued, Victoria asks for Abdul to stay in England for a while. Thus begins an unlikely friendship between the two.

Based on Shrabani Basu's book of the same name, Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant. 

Director: Stephen Frears
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Screenplay: Lee Hall

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  • 5 stars "Slow at points, but as a historical piece that is to be expected. Good acting and great costume/design."
  • 2 stars "Disappointing. Dench is as always Dench, who has only a limited range of acting. The opener visually shaky. the set designers and costume designers must have fun, though. I found the movie did not get me involved at all."
  • 4 stars "Story about a wonderful friendship between two very different people. It had a comical and sad moment. I enjoyed this movie. Judy Dench has always been an excellent actress. I will see all her films. She has never fail me."