Hyde Park on Hudson
|Hyde Park on Hudson|
|Directed by||Roger Michell|
|Produced by||David Aukin |
|Written by||Richard Nelson|
|Starring||Bill Murray |
|Music by||Jeremy Sams|
|Editing by||Nicolas Gaster|
|Studio||Daybreak Pictures |
Free Range Films
|Distributed by||Focus Features|
|Release date(s)|| |
|Running time||94 minutes|
Hyde Park on Hudson is a 2012 British biographical historical comedy drama directed by Roger Michell. The film stars Bill Murray and Laura Linney as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, respectively. It was based on Suckley’s private journals and diaries, discovered after her death, about her love affair with and intimate details about President Roosevelt.
In June 1939, King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, made a visit to the United States, during which they stayed at President Franklin D. Roosevelt's country estate in Hyde Park, New York. At the same time, the President was growing closer to his sixth cousin and suspected mistress, Margaret (Daisy) Suckley. Roosevelt hoped he could use the visit to, in part, bolster American support for the United Kingdom on the eve of World War II, which broke out less than three months later.
- Bill Murray as Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Laura Linney as Margaret Suckley
- Samuel West as King George VI
- Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth
- Elizabeth Marvel as Marguerite LeHand
- Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt
- Elizabeth Wilson as Sara Delano
- Martin McDougall as Thomas Gardiner Corcoran
- Andrew Havill as James Cameron
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Screenwriter Richard Nelson was inspired by the story of Daisy Suckley after reading a posthumously published collection of her letters and diaries. He felt drawn to the story because of the unique perspective Daisy offered on a series of important historical events. He also connected with the setting, since Nelson lives in Rhinebeck and had even met Daisy briefly before she died in 1991.
Originally conceived as an idea for a film, Nelson's choice of director, Roger Michell, proved immediately unavailable. Nelson re-worked the script as a radio play, which was produced by the BBC in 2009, directed by Ned Chaillet. Once Michell became available, production began on the film.
In early March 2011, director Roger Michell started searching for U.S. actors to play President Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. Bill Murray agreed to play Roosevelt in late March. Production designer Simon Bowles created upstate New York in England where the entire film was shot.
Hyde Park on Hudson had its world premiere at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival on 31 August 2012, then at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2012, and again at the 2012 Savannah Film Festival on 31 October 2012, with limited release in the United States on 5 and 7 of December 2012, and wide release in January 2013. The UK release followed on 1 February 2013.
Critical reception 
The film has received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 37% "rotten" rating based on 150 reviews. On Metacritic, the film holds a 55/100 rating, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times enjoyed the film, giving it 3-and-a-half stars out of 4 and said of Murray's performance: "Murray, who has a wider range than we sometimes realize, finds the human core of this FDR and presents it tenderly."
Bill Murray's performance as Roosevelt did garner praise, as he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Criticism of the depiction of history 
During World War II, Suckley often stayed for long visits at the White House, keeping the president company. Although Roosevelt is known to have had an affair with Lucy Mercer during World War I, there is no direct evidence that he had a similar relationship with Suckley, although there was an emotional connection. Roosevelt apparently instructed Suckley to burn at least some of the letters he wrote to her, which has fueled speculation about their content.
Focusing on how the historical events and people are portrayed, Conrad Black, author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, said the film took "large, ... sometimes scurrilous, liberties with historical facts." In particular, he stated the movie erred in its depiction both of Roosevelt's relationship with women and of Eleanor Roosevelt's sexuality.
See also 
- Top Cottage - (Roosevelt's other retreat at Hyde Park on Hudson)
- Warm Springs (film)
- The King's Speech
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