Hyde Park on Hudson 2012

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Comedy drama starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney. In June 1939, American president Franklin D Roosevelt (Murray) hosts the British royal family at his country house in upstate New York on their first-ever visit to the United States. King George (Samuel West) and his Queen's Consort Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) are on a diplomatic mission to secure America's support in the fight against Hitler. Meanwhile, against the backdrop of this historically momentous meeting, the ageing but eternally-philandering Roosevelt finds time to seduce another of his house guests, his demure distant cousin Margaret Stuckley (Laura Linney). Olivia Williams co-stars as the long-suffering Eleanor Roosevelt.

Starring:
Laura Linney, Olivia Colman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray
Director Roger Michell
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 26 July 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray
Director Roger Michell
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 26 July 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mac McAleer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
Hyde Park on Hudson is a gentle, lingering film about President Franklin D. Roosevelt at home on his estate of Hyde Park on the Hudson River in upstate New York, his seduction of a distant cousin Daisy and the visit of the young British King and Queen.

Daisy is initially "charmed" by FDR, and then feels betrayed when she realises that she is not the first to be "charmed". She forgives him and moves into the circle of the women he has collected around him, including his secretary and his sapphicly inclined wife Eleanor.

In the middle of this is the visit of the anxious royal supplicants to the great President of the Republic. Europe is in crisis and the horrors of war loom. They have seen what happened during the dress rehearsal of the Spanish Civil War. To many Americans this is a remote affair in which they do not want to get involved. The British know that the Americans must get involved if Britain is to survive.

The king's stutter and FDR's polio features prominently but the thread through all the film is FDR's relationship with Daisy. To quote the film's postscript: "When Daisy died in her hundredth year a box of letters and diaries was found under her bed. Her special relationship with the President was, finally, no longer just their secret."

The royal visit is less central to the film than I expected. The depiction of the effects of FDR's polio was a surprise even though I already knew about it.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Wil Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Most of the press reviews were less than enthusiastic about this film - a string of 2 and 3 star ratings - so I was not too cheerful when my wife insisted on going - but agreed when she offered to pay for lunch afterwards.

And then I found that I really quite enjoyed it. It does have its faults - the control of pace is a bit erratic, some of the performances are a rather one note, and the screenplay sometimes a little obvious. But there are some lovely performances in it - Sam West as George VI is absolutely excellent. I didn't think I wanted to see one more portrayal of that stammer - but he is superb in this and wholly convincing. As is Olivia Colman in a lovely slightly bitchy performance as his wife.

And Bill Murray is also extremely good as Roosevelt. Possibly a little short of depth - you did not really see the steel underneath although the selfishness was clear - but it is beautifully done.

I haven't quite made up my mind about Laura Linney - a splendid subtle performance, quiet and underplayed, until the raw emotion blasts through towards the end. But I just somehow could not quite believe in her.

The location scenery was also beautiful - maybe a bit too much of it. Tighter editing may have made it a slightly better picture.

But I did enjoy it and thought most of the reviews I read were rather unfair. If there were 3.75 stars that's what I would award but since there aren't - I think it is a four.

Lunch wasn't bad either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marquis de Piro on 20 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Hyde Park on Hudson is an intimate look at 20th century Anglo-American historical figures at the top of the pile in difficult times. They surprise us as we start ot understand them better. The dialogue illustrates another age with credibility although, of course, this was recreated by the author. I must see this clever film again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Ryder on 25 May 2014
Format: DVD
This was billed in the UK as a film about the royals visiting the US in summer 1939 to persuade Roosevelt to support them in the coming war. In fact, it's more of a film about Roosevelt's dirty-old-man shenanigans with various female aides, particularly Laura Linney as his distant cousin Daisy. Charming in a way, with a not unintelligent script, but quite uneven and very oddly cast. Olivia Williams is a great actor but her accent as Eleanor Roosevelt is wobbly to say the least, while Olivia Colman and Sam West as the late Queen Mum and George VI bear no physical resemblance to them at all. That said, the best scenes are those of the bickering, nervous WIndsors. Apparently the Roosevelt/Daisy affair only became public knowledge after her death, when her letters were discovered, but during the film her only journey is to accept that the President philandered and 'needed' his various women. They all learned to share. Ahh. Or yuk, depending on how you look at it. The post-script reads how Roosevelt kept his promise to the young king and joined the war at the beginning of 1942. Hmm. For most Europeans, the war began in 1939, but hey, what's a couple of years between those with a 'special relationship'? A harmless but mushy 85 minutes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markr TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2014
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This is a gentle slow story which intertwines the special relationship of Daisy, a rather dowdy distant cousin of Franklin Roosevelt with the president and how she comes to manage the realisation that he has other 'special relationships' too. This all happens very slowly, and could have been covered in about 20 minutes.

The main event of the film is the visit to the USA of King George VI shortly before the outbreak of the second world war in the attempt to gain help for the upcoming war effort. The culture clash of the once mighty British Empire now rather supplicant to the new power of the United States is almost painful to watch at times, with Roosevelt, although broadly sympathetic, unable to resit a little fun at the royal family's expense - not least by introducing them to eating the least royal of delicacies - the hot dog.

Pleasant enough viewing- historically interesting about the development of the Special Relationship- but slow, slow
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