January 11th, 2013, by Rob


Hyde Park On Hudson

Hyde Park on Hudson is a 2012 British biographical comedy-drama film directed by Roger Michell. The film stars Bill Murray and Laura Linney as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley, respectively. It was based on Margaret Suckley’s private journals and diaries discovered after Suckley’s death, about her love affair with and intimate details about President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – Hyde Park On Hudson – Plot

In June 1939, King George VI and his wife, the Queen Consort Elizabeth (parents of the current Queen Elizabeth II) made a visit to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s country estate in Hyde Park, New York. At the same time, the President was growing closer to his sixth cousin and eventual mistress, Margaret Suckley. No British monarch had ever visited the U.S. before, and Roosevelt hoped to bolster American support for the United Kingdom on the eve of World War II, which broke out less than three months later.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Hyde Park On Hudson – Cast

Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Laura Linney as Margaret Suckley
Samuel West as King George VI
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth
Elizabeth Marvel as Marguerite LeHand
Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt
Elizabeth Wilson as Sara Delano
Martin McDougall as Thomas Gardiner Corcoran
Andrew Havill as James Cameron

Movie2k Watch Movies – Hyde Park On Hudson – Production

In early March 2011, director Roger Michell started searching for U.S. actors to play President Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. Bill Murray agreed to play Roosevelt in late March.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Hyde Park On Hudson – Release

Hyde Park on Hudson had its world premiere at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival on 31 August 2012, then at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2012, and again at the 2012 Savannah Film Festival on 31 October 2012, with limited release in the United States on 5[13] and 7 of December 2012, and wide release in January 2013. The UK release will follow on 1 February 2013.

 

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Hyde Park On Hudson – Critical reception

The film has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 38% “rotten” rating based on 104 reviews. On Metacritic, the film holds a 51/100 rating, indicating “mixed or average reviews.”

The A.V. Club named it one of the worst movies of 2012, criticizing “the slapdash manner in which it’s assembled is genuinely shocking” and its “prevailing idiocy.”

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times enjoyed the film, giving it 3-and-a-half stars out of 4 and said of Murray’s performance: “Murray, who has a wider range than we sometimes realize, finds the human core of this FDR and presents it tenderly.”

Bill Murray’s performance as Roosevelt did garner praise, as he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

Movie2k Watch Movies – Hyde Park On Hudson – Discussion

On 5 December 2012, a panel discussion was held in Washington, DC to discuss the movie and FDR.

Hyde Park On Hudson – Criticism of the depiction of history

Focusing on how the historical events and people are portrayed, Conrad Black, former publisher of Britain’s Daily Telegraph among many other newspapers and author of a book on Roosevelt (Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom), says the movie took “large, … sometimes scurrilous, liberties with historical facts.” In particularly, he says the movie erred in its depiction both of Roosevelt’s relationship with women and of Eleanor Roosevelt’s sexuality.

 

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