Victoria & Abdul

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

Current rating: Rating: 3.77
based on 102 votes and 37 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 travels 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 looks at her when he approaches the Queen. Thus begins an unlikely friendship between Victoria and Abdul.

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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  • 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."
  • 5 stars "My 28 year old daughter watched this with me and we both loved this movie."
  • 5 stars "It was a great movie of a unique historical period that most of us never knew... not being an Anglophile. Judy Densch never disappoints."