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:
Bill Murray, Laura Linney
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 52 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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6 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Walker on 29 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An excellent film, we all enjoyed it. Wish there were more films as good to buy. Olivia Coleman is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marquis de Piro on 20 July 2013
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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 E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
When the big dramatic payoff of a movie is the King of England eating a hot dog (and whether he'll have mustard), you know you're in trouble.

So it is with "Hyde Park on Hudson," a wishy-washy little movie that has about twenty minutes of actual movie in it. But this story about Daisy Suckley, FDR's distant relative and possible lover, is so painfully padded out that it feels like spending a weekend with a bunch of really dull people you don't like -- and nothing dramatic ever builds up to anything.

Daisy (Laura Linney) is summoned by her sixth-cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray), who is the president of the US in the years approaching World War II. She becomes his confidante, friend, and possibly a bit more (see the wandering hands in a field of flowers), while remaining clueless about the exact nature of his relationships with his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) and his assistant (Elizabeth Marvel).

The story mostly follows a particular couple of days, when the newly crowned King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) are visiting in hopes of forging an alliance against the Nazis. During the king's stay, Daisy is made not-so-shockingly aware that she is not the only woman in her cousin's life. Will she leave, or settle? And will Bertie eat a hot dog? (Seriously, there is DRAMA over that!)

One question kept flitting through my mind as I watched this movie: What is the point of ANYTHING that is going on? Despite having two potentially interesting stories flitting through it, "Hyde Park on Hudson" leaves you with the feeling that absolutely nothing has happened -- or at least, nothing important.
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