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      The Duchess

      PG-13 Released Sep 19, 2008 1h 49m History Drama TRAILER for The Duchess: Trailer 1 List The Duchess: Trailer 1 The Duchess: Trailer 1 2:19 View more videos
      63% Tomatometer 171 Reviews 67% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Though adored by the people, the Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley) is not content to sit as a pretty figurehead. Determined to be a major player in affairs of state, she rises to the forefront of the Whig Party and helps usher in reform in late-1700s England. The one thing it seems she cannot do is win the heart of her husband (Ralph Fiennes). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      While The Duchess treads the now-familiar terrain of the corset-ripper, the costumes look great and Keira Knightley's performance is stellar in this subtly feminist, period drama.

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      Deborah Ross The Spectator This is meant to be Ms Knightley's film, and in many ways it is. She is in every frame, looks dazzling throughout, and must act with something behind the eyes because in two of her scenes... I welled up rather seriously. Aug 23, 2018 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel Rated: 5/5 May 13, 2009 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review As a probe into the sexual politics of eighteenth-century England, The Duchess effectively paints an unremitting portrait of how love and breeding greatly differed among the social elite. Rated: 3/4 Mar 20, 2024 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Hands Keira Knightley another plum leading role and serves as yet another example of how Ralph Fiennes' brooding brand of acting can be successfully employed for all manner of characters. Rated: 3/4 Sep 19, 2021 Full Review James Croot Stuff.co.nz The film's real scene-stealer is Fiennes... Despite playing a cad of few words, he manages to elicit both hatred and sympathy from the audience in equal amounts. Rated: 4/5 Aug 4, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Avital S Not great. Not terrible Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/28/24 Full Review cato k Very interesting movie and i loved the drama. When I watched it I did not realise it was based off a true story until the end Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/01/23 Full Review Leah F Timeless period drama based on the true life of Georgiana Spencer. Great set and costume design sets the scene perfectly as knightly is superb in her rich and emotive characterization. One I watch again and again. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/29/23 Full Review Nicolas F A beautiful and well acted film about a terrible and true story that reminds us somewhat of the story of Lady Di. Keira Knightley beautiful to die for in a very beautiful role. A nice moment of a princess in a strong and popular glass tower. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/20/23 Full Review Ian W Keira Knightly looks stunning throughout. It's a remarkable story. Given those two facts, it's also remarkable how dull the film is. I really didn't care about the characters. I guess it's down to a poor screenplay. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member A must see in women's history month. Knightley gives an incredibly emotive performance portraying a woman trapped in an abusive, unloving marriage. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Though adored by the people, the Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley) is not content to sit as a pretty figurehead. Determined to be a major player in affairs of state, she rises to the forefront of the Whig Party and helps usher in reform in late-1700s England. The one thing it seems she cannot do is win the heart of her husband (Ralph Fiennes).
      Director
      Saul Dibb
      Producer
      Gabrielle Tana, Michael Kuhn
      Screenwriter
      Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen, Saul Dibb
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Qwerty Films, Paramount Vantage, BBC Films, Pathé, Magnolia Mae
      Rating
      PG-13 (Sexual Content|Brief Nudity|Thematic Material)
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 19, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 15, 2011
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $13.8M
      Runtime
      1h 49m
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