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        The Favourite (2018)

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        In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.


        Yorgos Lanthimos
        132 ( 16)
        Won 1 Oscar. Another 150 wins & 265 nominations. See more awards »



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        Cast overview, first billed only:
        Olivia Colman ... Queen Anne
        Rachel Weisz ... Lady Sarah
        Emma Delves Emma Delves ... Queen's Maid
        Faye Daveney ... Sarah's Maid
        Emma Stone ... Abigail
        Paul Swaine Paul Swaine ... Wanking Man
        Jennifer White Jennifer White ... Mrs Meg
        Lilly-Rose Stevens Lilly-Rose Stevens ... Sally
        Denise Mack Denise Mack ... Kitchen Servant
        James Smith ... Godolphin
        Mark Gatiss ... Lord Marlborough
        Horatio Horatio ... Fastest Duck in the City
        Willem Dalby ... Central Tory Booker
        Edward Aczel Edward Aczel ... Earl of Stratford
        Carolyn Saint-Pé ... Madam Tournee


        Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at a return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen's companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfill her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

        Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

        Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

        Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language. | See all certifications »

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        Release Date:

        21 December 2018 (USA) See more »

        Also Known As:

        The Favourite See more »


        Box Office


        $15,000,000 (estimated)

        Opening Weekend USA:

        $422,410, 25 November 2018, Limited Release

        Gross USA:

        $34,243,870, 11 April 2019

        Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

        $42,544,448, 20 January 2019
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        Technical Specs


        Sound Mix:

        Dolby Digital



        Aspect Ratio:

        1.85 : 1
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        Did You Know?


        Robbie Ryan briefly left the film midway through shooting because his father died. Stephen Murphy stepped in as director of photography. See more »


        The phrase "prime minister" was first used to describe George Villiers (1592-1628), "favourite" of James I and Charles I. It did not mean what the modern office of Prime Minister has come to mean. See more »


        [first lines]
        Queen Anne: How was my speech?
        Lady Sarah: You were brilliant.
        Queen Anne: Did I lisp?
        Lady Sarah: You don't lisp.
        Queen Anne: I know. That was what was so troubling about it. The thought that I suddenly did.
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        Crazy Credits

        "Fastest Duck in the City : Horatio" See more »


        Featured in 76th Golden Globe Awards (2019) See more »


        Stop It
        Written by Johnnie Burn
        Courtesy of Sixty Four Music
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        No one to root for!
        30 November 2018 | by sillysillymarymSee all my reviews

        Interesting thing about this movie, is that there was no likable character at all. That would normally irritate me as I crave a purpose or something to relate to. It's impressive to have felt such a general disappointment in the nature of humanity (honestly shown as cruel, stubborn, helpless, and self-seeking), and still be very drawn in to the dynamics between these people, and some very unexpected moments. It was quirky and witty. Perhaps the most likable person was the dude Abigail marries (such a small part I can't even remember his name in movie)! He was cute and charming, poor guy. Despite having no character to "root" for or connect with (unless you take an exestential journey into the good and bad in all of us and question just how far you would go to get what you think you want out of life...), it was very entertaining, emotional, and captivating. It was clear early on, there is no real winner in this story, however it ends. And the final scene creates a monument to that effect. I really wanted Abigail to be sweet and innocent and her "goodness" to prevail, as a fairy tale... but actually the way it was is exactly right. I loved Sarah's line to Abigail saying something like "you really think you won? We are playing different games" (or something I know that's off). I just want to give that fickle queen some prozac and a hug!! Also, some great glimpses into royalty, higher class, decision making in war (influences), etc...

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