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Queenie

Kirk Douglas , Mia Sara , Larry Peerce    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Mia Sara, Joss Ackland
  • Directors: Larry Peerce
  • Producers: John Cutts
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TXMM32
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A half-caste beauty emigrates from India to Great Britain, pursues fame and fortune at the cost of personal happiness, and becomes a Hollywood movie star while suppressing the truth of her heritage. Korean import.


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding. 1 Mar 2002
Format:DVD
A beautiful film based on a novel by Korda, we follow the troubled life of a young girl brought up in Culcutta and her rise to stardom... The first portion of the movie filmed in India is much more interesting than the later years...
The movie was actually shown as a mini series in the late 80's. Superb acting make this a great (TV) film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Merle Oberon 29 Jun 2010
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I was glued to this film from the very beginning. It is very long because originally shown as a TV series I discovered later. None of it drags. The acting is superb and it based on the life of a very famous film star. Her own story is far more engaging than any film she was ever in. Merle Oberon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Anglo Indian woman 1 Aug 2014
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The film is about Queenie, an Anglo Indian woman who eventually did good and made something of her life in her chosen profession of becoming an actress, however in contrast, others after watching the movie might feel it is simply a scene for a silhouette of the American dream, melodramatic and nice.

Personally I was disappointed with the lack of explaination/space given to David (Kirk Doulgas) Konig's death and the manner it was portrayed and was delt with in the film.
The final scenes of the movie shows Queenie attending the opening ceremonies where she gets the courage to announces her mother's birthright to be "Indian" and talks about her husband (Konig in the film) in the past tense, as do others when referring to him by name.
I did think to myself as the film came to an end that the old fox must have died, especially when Queenie walks into the arms of her former lover, the photographer and then proceeds to passionately embrace and kiss him as her husband (Konig) had passed away before the premiere. (at least in real life).

The film is engrosing and in typical Hollywood style very entertaining. Remember that when you cross reference the main female character to the real life Hollywood legend Merle Oberon (upon which this film is based). Be also prepared that the film is also based on the novel by Michael Korda and as Hollywood goes, they do have a habit of not sticking to the complete storyline in books as written by the author.

On the whole a very interesting film.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong Item 29 July 2013
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it was the second time I ordered the dvd and the second time I god the wrong one.
so not pleased
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queenie... 14 May 2002
By "alamsami" - Published on Amazon.com
Mia Sara stars as the beautiful half-caste, Merle Oberon. After being accused of murder, Queenie escapes the misery of Calcutta and travels to London. Later on as Queenie rises to the heights of Hollywood superstardom, she gets an offer to star in a film which is to be filmed in Calcutta...
Queenie is based on the the novel by Michael Korda.
The first part of the film shot about Queenie's early years are much more interesting than the years that follow ... in London & Hollywood.
A moving picture, with great performances.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex Tale about Race, Identity and Loving Yourself 18 Jun 2011
By VIDFAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I loved this movie. It's rare that a film manages to combine social commentary (a bitter indictment of racism) with romance, glamour, suspense, beautifully photographed locations, mysticism, and complex characters. The racism element added depth to what otherwise would have been a steamy, trashy potboiler along the lines of a Sidney Sheldon or Jackie Collins novel. As it is, this film is all the more moving because so many scenes are based on truth: Queenie is based on the life of part-Indian Merle Oberon who managed to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1930s by passing for white. However, unlike this fictionized version (spoilers here) Oberon was never able to come to terms with her heritage and there is no way she would have been able to work in Hollywood again as a leading lady had she done the brave actions her fictionized heroine does here (see the scarcity of Indian actresses in today's Hollywood cinema as an example). Kirk Douglas plays a surprisingly sympathetic if ruthless movie director, based on Alexander Korda, and his death scene at the end is shockingly realistic. The scene in which Dawn must pretend her mother is a maid is also based on truth. While Oberon of course never accidentally killed anyone, I liked how the murder subplot (which is not really the focus of the film) added urgency to Dawn's hiding of her identity. Great care was taken with this production, and it shows. A great film that inspires anyone of any race to be true to his/herself.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read the book first! 2 Feb 2005
By L. peoples - Published on Amazon.com
As the previous viewer was upset over the book vs. movie I can say I didn't even know there was a book to this story. It's a wonderful story - beautfully told and it will keep you on hte end your seat the entire time. I wish they would make in on DVD. It deserves one!
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Queenie 14 July 2000
By Iman Saleh - Published on Amazon.com
When I first saw Queenie, I was immediately struck with the masterful depiction of British India. The bitter racial prejudice that permeated the environment was exceedingly well portrayed in Queenie's life story. It emphasized the ridiculousness of racial superiority, as Queenie was part Indian, yet no one could tell so merely by her appearance, as she looked quite white, and was treated thus by those who did not know her ancestry. This superficiality of skin color was a fantastic motif in the movie. Besides being rich in historical culture, however, Queenie also succeeded in being a movie about the power of the individual--Queenie persevered against all odds, fighting herself as well as her environment, yet at the end she is able to accept herself, and be proud of her heritage as well. In essence, this movie is a unique and classic archetypal story, richly done, and laudable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 17 Aug 2013
By Lea Gamble - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is wonderful .
Romantic . A true history
I watched this movie when I was
8 or 9 years old . I felt in love
With history and with the actress
And actors . Kirk Douglas
Is in it !!!!!
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