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Her Majesty
Her Majesty
Actors: Sally Andrews, Anna Sheridan, Mark Clare, Alison Routledge, Geoff Snell
Director: Mark J. Gordon
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
PG     2006     1hr 45min

In this charming and inspirational story, a young girl's unusual friendship with an old woman outcast from society transforms an entire community. As a rural New Zealand town excitedly prepares for a visit from the Queen o...  more »

     
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Actors: Sally Andrews, Anna Sheridan, Mark Clare, Alison Routledge, Geoff Snell
Director: Mark J. Gordon
Creators: Mark J. Gordon, James D. Brubaker, Judith Trye, Lisa B. Gordon, Susan Lyon Hailey, Susan Saltz, Walter Coblenz
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Religion, Adventure, Family Films
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 08/29/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Inspirational, worth owning
Deb Wiley | Des Moines, IA USA | 06/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you didn't get to see this wonderful movie in the theater (as I did), order the video. The story of how a young girl overcomes her own prejudices to see the dignity of the old ways in New Zealand is one we can transfer to our own culture. I was touched by this movie and will order the DVD. It is entirely appropriate for children, and a great message for all ages."
Great story, beautiful New Zealand, outstanding score -- Her
Marc Newman | California | 08/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Set in 1953, Her Majesty tells the story of a young, white New Zealander named Elizabeth -- a delightful girl who, when not practicing her steps for her marching team or innocently crushing on her coach, idolizes the queen of England. Upon discovering that the queen is planning a visit to New Zealand, Elizabeth begins a one-girl letter-writing campaign to try to put her rural town on the queen's travel itinerary. Against all odds, Elizabeth succeeds. The town is thrown into a frenzy of preparation and everything is nearly perfect -- except for the eyesore of a house, right at the entrance to the town, inhabited by Hira Mata, an old Maori woman.

Reclusive and mysterious, Hira is the object of mean speculation by the townsfolk and a victim of a band of young hooligans, led by Elizabeth's brother, Stuart. Shocked to see anyone treated so cruelly, Elizabeth seeks out Hira to try to make things right. Their first uncomfortable encounter slowly turns into friendship. As Elizabeth grows closer to Hira she learns the cost of befriending an outcast, and proud Hira must wrestle with her own prejudices. Along the way, long-buried town secrets are revealed and threats to Hira and Elizabeth mount as the time of the royal visit draws nearer.

What sets writer/director Mark Gordon's film far above most movies is his ability to craft a morally-complex world that manages to maintain a morally-certain center. He also bucks the trend of cultural self-loathing by creating an appreciative world where one need not hate or reject one's own culture to embrace what is beautiful in another's. Finally, there is an overwhelming sense of the ability of truth and grace to triumph over deceit and petty meanness.

Her Majesty is beautifully shot and boasts a marvelous score. I saw this film in the theater and it will be a treasured part of my DVD collection."
A lovely film
Camille | Texas | 05/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Set in the 1950s, a young girl named Elizabeth is enthralled by the recent coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. She daydreams about meeting the Queen and begins a letter writing campaign to invite Elizabeth II to visit. The town is thrown into a frenzy when the news comes that the Queen has placed Middleton on her itinerary for the upcoming royal visit to New Zealand.

An old Maori tribeswoman soon becomes the target of many of the leading citizens' rage because they consider her ramshackle house, a blight on the parade route.

Elizabeth befriends the old woman and learns about the history and culture of the Maori people which puts her at odds with the rest of the town and even her own family.

A very sweet and entertaining story with one of the most odious older brothers I've ever encountered in a story."
My daughter, and I, loved it!!!!
Randy Rice | Sierra Madre, California | 10/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being a father of a ten-year-old girl, I see every young person film that's made. Her Majesty is one of the best I've seen in a long time. So much better than, say, Princess Diary. It is a beautiful story told with humor and heart. And the on-location photography is marvelous. I just love it when I can enjoy a film that I "have" to see because my daughter wants to watch it. Thank you, Mark Gordon - please keep making films!"