- 103 min
- Directed by: John Madden
- Written by: Jeremy Brock
- Cast: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher, Gerard Butler
Queen Victoria's obsessive mourning for Prince Albert is casting gloom over the entire country, so Highland ghillie John Brown is called down from Balmoral to shake up the stuffy English court. Madden's film can't match the comic brio and visual panache of 'The Madness of King George', but his understated direction undeniably suits the story. The performances are uniformly splendid, with Dench and Connolly (both perfectly cast) giving the film a surprising emotional depth.
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