Hyde Park On Hudson

5.91 h 35 min2012X-RayR
Bill Murray and Laura Linney star in this engaging look at the pivotal meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the King and Queen of England at FDR's home in upstate New York.
Roger Michell
Bill MurrayLaura LinneySamuel West
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Olivia ColmanElizabeth MarvelOlivia WilliamsElizabeth WilsonMartin McDougallAndrew HavillEleanor Bron
Kevin LoaderRoger MichellDavid Aukin
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Nick DisherReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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An interesting look at the presidents life.
James DelahantyReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Murray Tour de force
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‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ is a film purportedly about the visit of King George VI and Queen Mary to Hyde Park in the summer of 1939 just before the beginning of World War II. And, to be sure, there are scenes involving the visit, the needs for both sides in planning and presenting the visit, and on the importance of the King eating hot dogs at a picnic planned for the occasion. George and Mary are presented as insecure and, she in particular, looking for slights. But the real focus of the film is on the relationship between the President played by Bill Murray and his various women, including the newest recruit, Daisy Stuckley, a fifth or sixth cousin, played by Laura Linney. How much of this accords with historical accuracy may be a matter for debate as the film takes for granted the existence of lesbian relationships for Eleanor, multiple associations by FDR, and a complicity of aides appropriate to an Oriental potentate.
FDR’s women, per the film, are better characterized as concubines seriatim rather than anything else and they all become friends and mutually support each other in their task of relieving the tension of the Great Man. This is all played deftly and with a certain amount of skill. Linney in particular manages to wring a lot of sympathy for a women who had to have been in her late forties when this liaison began and Missy Le Hand had been at it for several years. Some historians were appalled at the liberties taken with the film.
Nevertheless, much of the personalities displayed accords with what we know about FDR. Although not looking much like FDR, Murray plays him brilliantly in his capacity to thwart his minders, his mother, his importuners, and anyone else who gets in the way of his plans or promotions. You get a sense of the ability of this lonely man to sum up his associates with uncanny accuracy and to know just how far they can be trusted or pushed. He also demonstrates the ruthlessness with which he discards people who are no longer of any use to him; Le Hands years in the hospital never elicited one visit from FDR who found that sickness depressed him.
This is not a great film, or one with any particular insight into world politics or even human understanding, but it is a great depiction of a master politician managing his household just as he managed a nation—with an uncanny devotion to ensuring that all lines ran directly back to him and not through an emissary unless of FDR’s choosing. I don’t think FDR would have made a good friend, but he certainly made a good leader for this various times. I do wonder if he had as much introspective acuity as the film makes out, but we will never know because he never revealed anything directly. We will always see him through the eyes of others. The great biography of FDR remains yet to be written; Caro has LBJ and MacCullogh has Truman, but the biographers of FDR tend to be either by sycophants or adversaries. Even 70 years later, he is an enigma wrapped up in a riddle encased in a mystery, to paraphrase Churchill.
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linda n hutchinsonReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2013
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A superb historic replication of the time & place in which FDR's personal relationships defined him as a man and president
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FDR will always be remembered as the rock from which American's drew strength to pull themselves up by their boot-straps and overcome the devastating personal losses dealt them during the Great Depression and to then build our nation's tools of war so as to join and win the fight to preserve our freedoms and those of our allies threatened by Hitler and the Japanese - winning WW2 against insurmountable odds. This film delivers a superb "stage" that replicates the time & place where FDR's personal relationships are played out congruently with the pressures of the political climate that he bore and collectively defined him as a man and beloved president. The film depicts how the people and the press of that era chose not to sit in judgment and promote his physical limitations and rumors whispered of relationships outside his marriage: a marriage in which his wife could not endure the prospect of birthing more children - withdrawing her physical relationship with him and pursuing a lesbian relationship. She continued to be his legs and right arm - traveling throughout the country connecting with the people and gathering information on their plight. He loved her for that overlooked when her own political agenda went beyond his own; and, lastly, the ever-present and unavoidable stresses of dealing with a controlling mother whose love and financial support was a double-edged sword throughout his lifetime.
The film depicts how deeply he loved and cared for people. How non-judgmental he was of the personal short-comings of others and vocal in his support of their strengths. He was the voice of the masses and centered all his governing priorities on improving the circumstances of the common man. I was particularly taken with the portrayal of his ability to exude cheerfulness - to seek out the joy - however small - found in living in the moment. He would not allow all the distractions of the dire circumstances pressed upon him and those he loved to take away a measure of happiness a sunny afternoon might present. The county's strength was held together in great part by a desire to believe in his persona of moral-based values and strength of character, while choosing to place little stock in his state of declining personal health.... because he chose to ignore it himself until the very end. History remembers him not for his personal weaknesses and physical limitations but as the most beloved president who saw the nation through the most trying of times and governed with grit and optimism and governing "by and for the people".
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27th LetterReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2022
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Any film w/Bill Murray(IMO..) is ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
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The title of my review, says plenty. I hadn’t seen this film yet nor heard about it!

I wouldn’t say it was up there with
‘ Lost In Translation’ or any of my favorites featuring Film Actor, ⭐️Bill Murray , however he portrayed former President, Franklin D. Roosevelt and I don’t know whether it was 💯 accurate , however Actor Bill Murray was definitely not in the type of film I’m used to watching him in, especially now in more recent roles! Well done to all actors !

this review is Towards goal of AmazonVine
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SiobhanReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Flowing Visual Narrative with A Disappointing Twist
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The directorial angle this film adopts is evident from the initial scenes. Obviously, it's a story that cannot be properly shared without an invasion of privacy, thus a candid emotional intimacy. HPoHudson is a novel on stilts, so, each new idea is played out with a patience, color and subtlety common to reality and the written word.

Although the cinematography is good, giving us landscapes, discomfiting close-ups and descriptive shots gorgeous enough to be consumed as overpriced watercolors, it is the relationship between FDR and his distant cousin that pulls us along --which leads me to assert that the acting is also very good. Laura Linney, as usual, plays sweet, pained and transparent Daisy with such an ease we forget we've seen her do it before. Bill Murray's excessively jovial flawed father figure is slightly less believable, but only because the portrayal is of FDR. His actual performance is seamless.

The disappointment expressed by other reviewers is understandable. My advice? Don't trust the trailer. This movie is well put together, boasting a solid score, intriguing characters, lively action and a historical connection with a highly theatrical draw, but there are three side stories swirling around the two mugs they put on the box and the posters. The central story disappoints.

If you watch this film, enjoy the beauty created from the story boards and shot in nature, the accurate wardrobe. Follow the excellent characterization of Elizabeth and Bertie, played 'smashingly' by Samuel West and Olivia Coleman. Let your mind dance around the possible truths and bigger myths of our former first lady, Eleanor.

If you watch this film, remember it's a period piece, a high-spirited, languid, misty, filtered, contradictory memoire.

HPoHudson was carefully crafted by those participating mystical movie mavens. Even the 'mistakes' that make it less appealing to its desired audience were puposeful. It is a work of art and... Meh... I liked it.
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LovelyRitaMetaMaidReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Peter Venkman as FDR? Yes please.
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This is not a great movie. And yet....

This is also not a bad movie. After watching the Ken Burns series, I decided it was a good idea to watch every FDR/ER movie I could find. I've seen everything from the "Eleanor and Franklin" 1970's miniseries to the HBO's 2005 "Warm Springs," but I dreaded watching "Hyde Park on the Hudson" because I remember hearing that it was lewd and poorly written. But I finally bit the bullet today and decided to watch via my Amazon app, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not a bad movie.

For some reason everybody thought it was a good idea to sell this to the public as some kind of a jokey, raunchy, rowdy, iconoclastic romp through FDR's private life. And while there is some...romance between FDR and Daisy their relationship isn't actually the focus of the movie. It's Daisy's focus to be sure, but in reality this is a movie about FDR and the women in his life one of whom happens to be Miss Daisy Suckley.

Murray's FDR is a lot like the real FDR: lonely and disabled and in pain because of his polio, but also bright and funny and charismatic and silly and jaunty with his hats and his cigarettes and his cocktails and his huge smile. Mother Roosevelt is also done very well in this movie, as are George VI and Queen Elizabeth (particularly George VI), and the Indian baritone. The Eleanor in this movie didn't seem like Eleanor Roosevelt at all, but other than that...

This movie was made to be Oscar bait, but it didn't quite make it. Nevertheless, there's something fun about it and I recommend it for a rainy afternoon.
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cook manReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fictionalized History
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This story is based on rumors and gossip and has been castigated by historians for its fictional treatment of history. Ridiculous characters, situations and dialogue. Look up the truth.
Brad BakerReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bad Boy President
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It's kind of fun to see a famous U.S. president who was, actually, such a naughty boy. In the late 1930's, and for the very first time, a European sovereign and her majesty travel to the United States to visit the president. The King and Queen travel to the Hudson Valley, upper New York state, and get ready for a weekend country picnic. This little party will feature the new American "hot dog" with mustard, and Indians playing Tom-Tom's. At the same time, President Roosevelt(Bill Murray) begins an affair with his cousin, Daisy(Laura Linney). Daisy doesn't know that there is more than one hen in the hen-house; the president has multiple lovers(and a wife). Before the picnic, FDR assembles a royal group in the drawing room. FDR's mother bursts in: "You can't serve drinks to the King and Queen" she shouts. FDR's mother had an alcoholic father and husband. A lively shouting match follows, and FDR proclaims that "We will have drinks. After all, I'm the president..."British director Roger Michell's tasteful, controlled, yet leisurely non-epic is a classy look at a famous American president(from behind closed doors). "Hyde Park" was shot 45 miles from Piccadilly Square, England, a certainly distant location substitution. It works. Chain-smoking and invading a hidden silver flask with abandon, Bill Murray is excellent as FDR. Two-or-three good roles in-a-row have rejuvenated the career of our one-time Hollywood bad-boy. DVD extras include six trailers, a commentary, and two featurettes. Shot mostly on video, the colors are muted, but I haven't seen the BlueRay. Here is the Queen and Bertie, or King George VI. In 2010, Colin Firth won the Academy Award for playing King George VI, in "The King's Speech". Two years later, Samuel West plays the King, but in "Hyde Park", he hardly stutters at all.
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