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  • Actors: Pandora Colin, Marion Bailey, Cecilia Noble, Roger Allam, Deborah Findlay
  • Directors: Nicholas Hytner
  • Producers: Nicholas Hytner, Kevin Loader, Damian Jones
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, French, Thai, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 19 2016
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B01AS5NV6G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #977 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins “temporarily” parks her van in Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) London driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.Acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett to create this rare and touching portrait.

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very curious about this, bought because of the actors, esp. Maggie Smith, but also others. I was most interested as the story unfolded to think it was taken from real life. Now I would like more details. Confusing to watch, more clear after further viewing. Glad I took the chance. Maggie smith never disappoints.
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True entertainment but then that is always what Dame Maggie Smith delivers, whether it is comedy or drama. She is an outstanding talent and a genuine gem to be sure. We are blessed by her genius.
We live in a world of too much trash entertainment so it is wonderful there is still some class entertainment.
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The film is based on a true story, shot on location where the event happened.

Margaret T, Fairchild (Maggie Smith) aka Mary, is an elderly woman who lived in her van. In the opening scene, which is dark, there is an accident, one in which she runs from. She ends up in Camden Town and in the yard of playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings). Bennett separates himself into two people, the author, and the individual who deals with stubborn woman in the van.

As the film progresses, the glimpses we get of her younger life fill in, as we discover this is an educated woman, who is accomplished, and whose life is now being wasted. Alan constantly contrasts her to his own mother, in a home who doesn't remember him.

But it is not a sad story. Maggie Smith gives us a delightful performance of a quirky woman with hygiene issues.

Guide: Occasional F-word. No sex or nudity.
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Dame Maggie Smith was superb, The screenplay with the double narrators was distracting. The story was definitely unique and shooting in the same house and driveway on Gloucester Place where the Van spent 15 years was wonderful. It made me homesick for the London neighbourhoods.
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Very good movie that is based on a true story. Maggie Smith is as always excellent.
I have read some horrible 'posts' perhaps it would be good for some of these very unpleasant folk to
remember many people have very, very difficult live s not of their own making. Thankfully Alan Bennet set aside his sometimes
negative attitudes toward Miss Shepherd and behaved humanly.
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THE LADY IN THE VAN [2015 / 2016] [Blu-ray + Digital HD ULTRAVIOLET] [UK Release] Maggie Smith is Glorious! One of the Best British Films of the Year!

Based on the true story, Miss Shepherd was a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What began as a begrudged favour became a relationship that would change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Alan Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived for all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Alan Bennett [‘The Madness of King George’ and ‘The History Boys’] to bring this funny, poignant, and life-affirming story to the screen.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 2015 73rd Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy for Dame Maggie Smith. 2015 69th British Academy Film Awards: Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role for Dame Maggie Smith. 2015 43rd Evening Standard British Film Awards: Win: Best Actress for Dame Maggie Smith. Nicholas Hytner directed the original stage production at the Queen's Theatre in London, while Alan Bennett adapted the screenplay from his 1999 West End play of the same name, which was nominated at the 2000 Olivier Awards for Play of the Year. The film was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film's score consists of classical music by Chopin and others; some additional music was composed by George Fenton.
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Thoughtful and thought-provoking movie, well paced performances by the entire cast. While watching the movie I did not appreciate that it was based on a true story and was amazed at how well Maggie Smith brought a fictional character to life. Upon learning that the story was not fictional, I was even more impressed by the quality of the movie and the balanced telling of a remarkable tale of human spirit and kindness that is available from the unlikeliest of people.
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Maggie Smith was of course just wonderful, however, the film was depressing in seeing someone live like that. I will certainly watch the movie again now that the first initial shock is over and will probably get more from the movie. It is very interesting as the writer talks to himself and pictures a vision of himself that he is talking to.
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