Queen, The (2006, GBR/FRA/ITA) C-103m. *** D: Stephen Frears. Starring Helen Mirren, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms, Michael Sheen, Helen McCrory. Sensitive drama about Queen Elizabeth II. (Mirren), who in 1997 is faced with the biggest crisis of her long-time reign. The death of Lady Diana leaves her cold as she is no longer part of the Royal Family, but Premier Blair (Sheen) knows she cannot hide herself from the mourning public. Interesting characterizations of a very private, yet much-observed family, highlighted by Mirren's Oscar-winning performance as the title character.

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