A Royal Night Out

A Royal Night Out

DVD - 2016
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Inspired by true events, this charming romantic comedy recounts the glorious celebration of the end of World War II in Europe; and the singular evening when Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret leave the confines of Buckingham Palace to join the festivities, while giving their chaperones the slip.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.,, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
widescreen (2.40:1),24 fps,rda
NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda

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dylankemp
Jul 12, 2017

Kinda cool. Very gentle little drama.

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jazpur
May 06, 2017

A delightful take on the What if?.... and an entirely believable 'Babes in the wood' presentation. Well cast and very funny at times with the Laurel and Hardy antics of the 2 military' chaperones'. A pleasant evening's viewing.

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Nooksack20
Mar 20, 2017

This one surprised me..pleasantly. It was funny. The characters endearing. And the plot was rather unique. It fits nicely for a couple hours of light viewing.

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redworc
Jan 17, 2017

Keep in mind it is 99.9% fiction!

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jimg2000
Dec 03, 2016

An imaginative romantic comedy on the young princesses' experiences when mingling incognito among huge crowds of revelers from all walks of life in London on VE Day (Victory in Europe as opposed to our VJ - Victory over Japan) on 8 May 1945. Besides the "babes in the woods" premise, there were a few social commentary on the meaning of VE at that time and some comedy relief from a pair of Laurel & Hardy chaperones. Far fetched fantasy, corny at times but all for fun.

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greenacres
Oct 24, 2016

You will smile and chuckle at the antics of P1 (Princess Elizabeth) and P2 (Princess Margaret) amongst the Commoners on one of the most celebrated nights of the 1940's, VE Day.

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Nursebob
Sep 24, 2016

Needless to say it’s mostly make-believe and nonsense only loosely based on an actual event but taken as a fluffy piece of alternative history Julian Jarrold’s innocent caper goes down surprisingly well. As the royal sisters Sarah Gadon and Bel Powley gape and sparkle like something out of a Hayley Mills comedy, Emily Watson and Rupert Everett play the majestic mom and pop with stiff-lipped aplomb, and thousands of revelling extras give us an idea of what it must have been like. In the role of Jack, an AWOL soldier and Liz’s unsuspecting companion for the evening, Jack Reynor brings a certain degree of gravitas to the proceedings as the sad tale of his war experiences give the future queen something to mull over. Naturally Jarrold had to tread a fine line when embellishing a story about the royal family so not to worry, Elizabeth’s adventures are as chaste as can be (a quasi-platonic peck on the lips with Jack is mostly implied offscreen) and despite passing out drunk in a wheelbarrow Margaret arrives on the Palace steps with her virginity safe and sound. In fact, if it weren’t for the hookers and the dead horse this fun little romp would be downright Disney.

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Elizabeth_118
Sep 05, 2016

A not too serious movie about the young future Queen and Princess Margaret. It was fun to watch.

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geolatin
Aug 30, 2016

This movie is one of those that takes a morsel of truth and runs far, far away from it. That said, it was a fun, diverting romp.

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dsouthwood
Aug 10, 2016

From The Telegraph, Wednesday 10 August 2016:
In 1985, to mark the 40th anniversary of VE Day, the Queen said in an interview that she and her sister had repeatedly stepped on to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to acknowledge the ecstatic crowds.
While her mother was wearing a tiara, she as Princess Elizabeth was far more soberly dressed in her uniform of an Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) officer. “Then, when the excitement of the floodlights being switched on got through to us,” the Queen said, “all of a sudden I realised I couldn’t see what the crowds were enjoying.”
Princess Elizabeth asked her parents if she and Margaret could go out and see for themselves what their subjects were witnessing. Astonishingly, they agreed, but on condition they went in a large party of 16, and were chaperoned by an officer.
The young Elizabeth, terrified of being recognised, pulled her ATS officer’s cap down. But it seems that her chaperone was a bit of a stick-in-the-mud, and told the heir to the throne that “he wouldn’t be seen in the company of another officer improperly dressed”. The Princess did as she was told, and wore her cap correctly.
The sisters then assembled in front of the Palace and cheered at their parents, before venturing into the crowds and the West End. They walked miles through the streets, their eyes opened by the intense jubilation. The Queen recalled: “I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, and all of us were swept along by tides of happiness and relief.”
It was, as she said, “one of the most memorable nights of my life”.

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jimg2000
Dec 03, 2016

Lillibet... No one must ever know about this. You spent last night at the Ritz.
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How much?
-Seven pounds, eleven and fourpence, please.
Well, we... Don't keep much here, but I'll, er, have a whip-round amongst the footmen.
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She's a costermonger.
Soho?
-An interesting place. Dead horses, this strange smoke that everyone was just wild for... By the way, what's a knocking shop?
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Just another girl in the crowd. Without everyone bowing and curtseying.
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It's VE night. All sorts of unusual things are happening. I feel certain an exception will be made.

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