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Vera Drake (2004)

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Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Director:

Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imelda Staunton ... Vera
Richard Graham ... George
Eddie Marsan ... Reg
Anna Keaveney ... Nellie
Alex Kelly Alex Kelly ... Ethel
Daniel Mays ... Sid
Phil Davis ... Stan
Lesley Manville ... Mrs. Wells
Sally Hawkins ... Susan
Simon Chandler ... Mr. Wells
Sam Troughton ... David
Marion Bailey ... Mrs. Fowler
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ... Vera's Mother
Chris O'Dowd ... Sid's Customer
Adrian Scarborough ... Frank
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Storyline

Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbor and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. While the practice itself was illegal in 1950s England, Vera sees herself as simply helping women in need, and always does so with a smile and kind words of encouragement. When the authorities finally find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Wife. Mother. Criminal.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for depiction of strong thematic material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Mike Leigh asked the actors to hum in the movie. Because they couldn't afford to buy rights to songs, the actors had to hum something generic. See more »

Goofs

When Sid and his friends are dancing, the music features blaring trumpets. A shot of the band shows only the saxophone and trombone players playing, while the the trumpet player taps his toes. The music also seems to be coming from a much larger band. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vera: Hello George, only me. How are you going today?
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Connections

Referenced in The Smith & Jones Sketchbook: Episode #1.3 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Calling All Workers
(1940)
Written by Eric Coates
(p) 1940 Chappell Recorded Music Library
(c) 1940 Chappell Recorded Music Library
A BMG Zomba Company
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Master Class
23 December 2004 | by awjonesjrSee all my reviews

One observation: When the police arrive at the home of Vera Drake (Imelda Staunton) to confront her about the allegation that she has been conducting illegal abortions, she and her family are celebrating her daughter's engagement. When the cops enter the room, the camera freezes on Vera's face. Over the course of about 45 seconds in which she doesn't say a word, Staunton's face registers every possible emotion: Joy, confusion, concern, fear, disgust, anger, guilt. It's heart-racing just to watch, and it's what acting -- great acting at least -- is all about. Staunton's is the one female performance of the year not to miss. (On the men's side, check out Morgan Freeman in MILLION DOLLAR BABY.)


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vera Drake See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,207, 10 October 2004

Gross USA:

$3,775,283

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,267,869
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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