Mrs Brown script
Mrs Brown (2003)
Synopsis: Mrs Brown, also theatrically released as Her Majesty, Mrs Brown, is a 1997 British drama film starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher, and Gerard Butler in his film debut. It was written by Jeremy Brock and directed by John Madden. The film was produced by the BBC and Ecosse Films with the intention of being shown on BBC One and on WGBH's Masterpiece Theatre. However, it was acquired by Miramax and released to unexpected success, going on to earn more than $13 million worldwide. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Dench was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost to Helen Hunt for her role in As Good as It Gets.

EXT. THE GROUNDS OF WINDSOR CASTLE, FOREST - NIGHT

Begin on black. The sound of rain driving into trees.

Something wipes frame and we are suddenly hurtling through

a forest on the shoulders of a wild-eyed, kilted JOHN

BROWN. Drenched hair streaming, head swivelling left and

right, as he searches the lightening-dark. A crack to his

left. He spins round, raises his pistol, smacks past

saplings and plunges on.

EXT. THE GROUNDS OF WINDSOR CASTLE, FOREST - NIGHT

Close-up on BROWN as he bangs against a tree and heaves for

air. A face in its fifties, mad-fierce eyes, handsome,

bruised lips, liverish. He goes on searching the dark.

Stops. Listens through the rain. A beat. Thinking he

hears a faint thump in the distance, he swings round and

races on.

EXT. THE GROUNDS OF WINDSOR CASTLE, FOREST - NIGHT

BROWN tears through the trees, pistol raised at full arm's

length, breath coming harder and harder. But even now

there's a ghost grace, a born hunter's grace. He leaps

fallen branches, swerves through turns in the path, eyes

forward, never stumbling once.

EXT. THE GROUNDS OF WINDSOR CASTLE, FOREST - NIGHT

BROWN bursts into a clearing, breaks to the centre and

stops. With his pistol raised, he turns one full slow

circle. His eyes take in every swerve and kick of the

wildly swaying trees.

There's a crack and a branch snaps behind him. He spins

round, bellows deep from his heart:

BROWN:

God save the Queen!!

And fires.

Nothing happens. The trees go on swaying, the storm goes

on screaming and BROWN just stands there, staring into

empty space. A pause.

Slowly, he starts to frown as the fact begins to dawn on

him that he is alone. He stares at the thrashing trees,

waving their mocking arms at him. His hand lets the pistol

drop to his side. He feels the rain drench down his face.

And now, for the first time, we see that his socks have

fallen to his ankles and his knees are cut to shreds. He

shifts a foot. His dress-shoes are covered in mud. He

goes on staring into the dark. Nothing.

Just the wind and rain. Gradually, we pull back, higher

and higher. As we do, we hear the quiet cultivated voice:

FADE TO BLACK.

CAPTION:
"1864"

FADE IN:

PONSONBY (V.O.)

I have sent for a Mr. John BROWN from

Balmoral. Her majesty has mentioned

him, on one or two occasions, as being

a most devoted outdoor servant to

Prince Albert during his last days

there...

John BROWN is now just a tiny figure dwarfed by the storm.

CUT TO:

INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, QUEEN VICTORIA'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

The screen is black. As the camera pulls back, we discover

that we are looking at a black night-gown.

Queen VICTORIA is sitting at her dressing table, while an

elderly HAIRDRESSER, also in black, works at her hair.

PONSONBY (V.O.)

... The depths of the Queen's sorrow

remain impenetrable. She has now

restricted herself to a regime of such

ferocious introspection that we are

all at our wits' end...

INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, PRINCE ALBERT'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

A bust of the Prince Consort is draped in black. His desk

is laid out as if for work. A VALET is brushing one of his

suits before laying it carefully on the bed.

PONSONBY (V.O.)

... The Household continues, at her

instruction, to observe the rituals

now so familiar to her, in a vain

attempt to render vivid that which can

never be revived...

Close-up on a small table as a shaving brush is placed

carefully beside a dish of freshly poured water.

INT. OSBORNE HOUSE, QUEEN VICTORIA'S DRESSING ROOM - DAY

The hairdresser is pulling VICTORIA's hair back into the

widow's cape. For the first time, we see her face. It is

set in a mask of severity.

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