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Bertie And Elizabeth [VHS] [2002]


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Product details

  • Actors: James Wilby, Juliet Aubrey, Alan Bates, Eileen Atkins, Robert Hardy
  • Directors: Giles Foster
  • Writers: Nigel Williams
  • Producers: Hilary Benson, Jo Willett, Jonathan Powell, Michael Whitehall, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 10 Jun 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,002 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Dramatic portrait of the young life of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, starring Juliet Aubrey as Elizabeth and James Wilby as George VI. Focusing on the royal couple's courtship and on the subsequent birth of their daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, the film also looks at the abdication of Edward VIII, the role of the royal family during WWII, and George's early death. Co-starring Alan Bates as George V, Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, and Robert Hardy as President Roosevelt.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Supergormas on 2 May 2011
Format: DVD
Pre Kings Speech smash hit - This made for tv film account is wonderfully acted by all with an exceptional cast inluding Alan Bates and Dame Eileen Atkins. Very entertaining. James Wilby is excellent as Bertie.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Valente VINE VOICE on 28 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
The love story that began awkwardly. The younger brother with no higher expectations than to perhaps be left to pursue its hobbies.
And then the Abdication of Edward VIII and the Royals are in quite a panic. Hence the enthronement of George VI (Bertie) played very subtly by the much under-appreciated James Wilby - making his Elizabeth of the title (tour-de-force performance again this time by Juliet Aubrey). Elizabeth that many generations after the events here depicted knew only as the sweet old Queen Mother.
But there's more to each of the main characters' lives than struggling with Bertie's horror of speaking in public because of his stutter. And we don't get to see Elizabeth, The Queen Mother much in her retiring years.
We do get to see a romantic, epic story against the backdrop of war-torn England.
The supporting cast (if we can call it that and not diminish their achievement) features the likes of Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary to Alan Bates' George V. Robert Hardy as President Roosevelt has less to work with, but it is a pleasure to watch him at anytime.
I admit it. I was moved by this syrupy view of History! And yet I am not so sure the essential tale was not well told.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Pardoe on 7 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Excellent film, in several ways better than the 'King's Speech' since it put everything in context. Well photographed and the characters believable sometimes looking more like the actual people, viz. Churchill.
Very enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maggie May on 30 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
Despite the short time in which to tell such a long and complicated tale this film is a lovely way to learn a bit of history. Anyone with a tiny bit of common sense will understand that it could never be a complete picture - 98 minutes are just not enough - but we get the general idea in an amusing and moving way.

One thing this film does do is clearly highlight the differences in attitudes, both royal and "commoner", between then and now. I will definitely be rewatching this one and for me that just about says it all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Furry Ferret on 21 Sep 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is truly fabulous. We watched it inconjunction with the King's Speech (another great film), where it all ties in. It gave a great insight into the royal family during the Wallace Simpson era and, indeed, the war years after Edward's abdication. I would thoroughly recommend this film.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By SusieQ on 1 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
This was a high-quality production and pretty accurate historically, at least as far as I can tell from my reading of various biographies and other books relating to the British Royal Family. The only problem I had with this teleplay was its presentation of the character of Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor.

There is one scene in particular, which shows him grabbing Wallis Simpson's backside, which is completely out of character for him. Anyway SHE would have bitten his head off if he'd tried anything like that with her in "real life", because she was always (despite anything else that can be said about her) very conscious of her dignity, as he was also...I suppose the filmmaker needed to "dramatize" what a selfish, self-centered person Edward was, but the characterization given to him in this teleplay is just not accurate, & for me, it stuck out like a sore thumb. Just showing Edward as the weak, stubborn, manipulated man he was, would have been enough -- the teleplay made him downright sleazy, which I don't think is a fault you can put down to the Duke of Windsor, tho' he had many others!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By andyc on 24 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
If you think the King's Speech was good you haven't seen this yet. It's the whole story of George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. As Duke and Duchess of York they begin a quiet family life then the abdication of Edward VIII happens. Life is changed for ever and the stammering George is thrust into the spot light as king of England. With Elizabeth's support (played deliciously by Juliet Aubrey)the couple lead Britain through the last war. Sadly the stress of it all helps to cause George's untimely death in 1952 leaving Elizabeth a widow for the next 50 years.

Brilliantly acted by James Wilby and Juliet Aubrey the entire film is set at Longleat House in Wiltshire (Yes the home of the famous lions) Various state rooms in the house are used to represent Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Holyrood,etc. A stirring cameo performances by Alan Bates as George V and Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary. This television film is a must!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scotch Tilly on 28 April 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I`ve wanted my own copy of this dvd since I saw it on TV some time ago. The acting is great
the casting really good, especially of Elizabeth and Mrs Simpson. I`ve lots of material on this
subject and rate this one among the best of my collection. You must be into the subject and into
subject matter to get the best jout of this, and I am. Great !!
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