Hyde Park on Hudson

Synopsis: In 1930s Hudson Valley, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley is reacquainted with her distant cousin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to help him relax at his family estate. That aid soon develops into much more as they become lovers. That puts Daisy in a unique position as Roosevelt receives the King and Queen of Britain in 1939 for a visit. As the Royal couple copes with the President's oddly plebeian arrangements, Daisy learns that there is far more to Roosevelt's life than she realized. With the world about to be set ablaze by war, friendships are struck and perspectives are gained on that special weekend that would make all the difference with a great, but very human, president.
Director(s): Roger Michell
Production: Focus Features
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Back then,

this is years ago,

I couldnt afford secrets.

I just had chores.

As a child,

growing up,

we had been rich.

And then...


we werent.

And like most people

during the Depression,

I now lived each day

as it came,

no longer expecting anything.

Waiting --

for nothing.

And then...





Be quiet.


Somebody die?

No. No one Mom...

Good Morning Miss Dayse.

I wasnt the first relative

his Mother called that day.

Maybe not even the tenth.

But I was around.

His Mother said he needed someone

to take his mind off his work.

Why she thought I could do that,

I had no idea.

I suppose hes related

to half of everybody up here.

Were fifth --

or sixth cousins.

Depends on how you count...


No. No, I dont.

I figured Id spend the afternoon there,

and after having thoroughly

bored him to death,

go back

to my quiet life.

taking care

of my act

But was not what happened

He's not been feeling well.


Seems to happen every time,

the second he comes home.

Mr. President?


What a rare treat.

I hope my mother

didn't force this on you.

She said everyone else

was away.

Did she?

She shouldnt have said that.

How nice to see you.

How long has it been?

Oh, years.

The Dows wedding, sir.

In Rhinebeck?

Oh, were you there?

Where would you like me to sit?

Theres tea...

I think theres still tea.

Will you..?

I can do this because

my mother's not here.

She doesnt believe

in sinus medicine...

Do you collect stamps,


I - don't.

Come and look at these...

I suppose youve met

pretty much

everyone of these...

Not every one.

Not yet.

Excuse me,

I should have knocked.

I actually wrote this?

My cross, Daisy,

is that I am too nice.

But --

we need the Senators vote.

Dont we?

Why cant politicians

just be honest?

My cousin.

Those are from Africa.

They say that's the highest

waterfall in the world.

Would you like me to go?

No. Please.

I wouldnt.

This ones pretty.

Id like to go there.

Where is that?


To be honest,

Id like to go almost


In Europe there would certainly be

another war,

one we would be dragged into,

whether we liked it or not.

Here at home,

the country is still

in a depression

people out of work


needing help

the President

spent an awful lot

of time that spring

in Hyde Park On Hudson.

Fellows, one of you

please tell Mother --

that this is radio?

He said --

I helped him forget --.

-- the weight of world.

thirty seconds

look at me...

I think that means you,


His Mother said hed run the whole

country from here if he could.

But he couldnt.

Not with how things were --

Everyone knew someone

who couldn't find a job

the first duty of government

Everyone scared.

is to protect the economic welfare

of all the people

and in all groups...

I said...

if private enterprises

does not provide jobs this spring

government will take up

the flag

we have all learned the lesson

that government cannot afford

to wait

until it is lost the power to act.

therefore I've sent a message

of reaching a prop to the congress

And everyone looking to him.

They all wanted something from him.

The local labor union,

the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce,

the German-American Friendship Band.

And all he wanted --

was to relax.

Each time he came home,

hed telephone and ask:

Daisy where would you like

to go today?

And I would always answer --


His wife, he said,

didnt like to take drives.

I learned the names of birds and trees

Id seen my whole life.

We drove along country roads,

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