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NEW TIME: "Hyde Park" with Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams

  • Jan 12, 2013 · 7:15 PM
  • The two locations are listed below

In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York - the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one.

Genre: Drama, Biography
Duration: 1 hr 34 mins
Actors: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams
Director: Roger Michell
Language: English with Thai subtitles

Please let us know you will be coming by clicking your RSVP above right.


Locations and Schedule

7:15 pm - 8:15 pm - Coffee, snacks, and conversation at True Life / True Coffee (old branch) corner of Siam Square Soi 3 (one block off Rama 1 Road), not to be confused with the two newer True Coffee branches in Siam Square.  (Yes, there are THREE True Coffee branches in Siam Square.) Please read the detailed directions below so you don't end up at the wrong True Coffee branch.

8:15 pm - Walk to the theater. We will buy the tickets together so the group can sit together.  Tickets are only 100 baht per person (every-day price there).

8:30 pm - The movie, "Hyde Park" with Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams at the Lido Cinema, Siam Square, Rama 1 Road.


After the movie - a 10-minute discussion of the movie.  Why did we like or not like the movie?

After the discussion - If you want to suggest a restaurant for some of us to go next, please don't be shy.

You can attend the coffee hour and/or the movie.  You don't have to be at both.


Directions

(1) Leave the BTS Skytrain Siam (Central) Station at Exit 2. (If you're not arriving by Skytrain and you're walking under the Skytrain station towards MBK, pass by True Coffee and the Apple Shop in the building called "Digital Gateway.")

(2) When you reach the bottom of the stairs, do a "U-turn" to head in the opposite direction past True Coffee and the Apple Shop in the building called "Digital Gateway."

(3) When you reach the cross street, you are at Siam Square Soi 3.

(4) Turn left and walk one block. On the corner, you will see True Life / True Coffee.  It's across the street from Kasikorn Bank (K-Bank). We will be on the ground floor.

Grab coffee and a snack and join us for 60 minutes of conversation before we go to the movie!


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We're accustomed to thinking of Roosevelt as a powerful man, elected four times to the presidency, and the leader of the free world in World War II. Here we see him as the captive of a female-dominated private life, where his mother (Elizabeth Wilson); his wife, Eleanor (Olivia Williams), and his secretary, Missy (Elizabeth Marvel), pretty much run things. To this domain in the summer of 1939, he invites a sixth cousin, Margaret "Daisy" Suckley (Laura Linney), for a visit, and craftily begins a sweet romance with her under the eyes of the others, who understand much and accept much....

This isn't a serious historical film. It plays different instruments than Spielberg's "Lincoln." Murray, who has a wider range than we sometimes realize, finds the human core of this FDR and presents it tenderly. Much of the film is a comedy, including a "typical American picnic" at which the royals are served something called a "hot dog." Elizabeth is not thrilled, but Bertie digs in gamely. Eventually, America joined in the war against Hitler.

- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, who rated this film 3.5 out of 4 stars

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Art, Organizer
Bangkok Coffee and Movie Meetup

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  • tess

    This was an enjoyable event, although I wasn't a great fan of the movie. I felt it tried to tackle a few too many themes and lost direction a little. I did enjoy Bill Murray as FDR and Laura Linney as Daisy.

    January 14, 2013

  • JD

    Yea, movies with less expectations delivers more, besides a great set of people assembled, as always, admirable work Art !

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super. Humor was crafted brilliantly in this film. No cheap laughs. Rich with meaning.

    January 13, 2013

  • John S.

    A charming movie. Laura Linney as Daisy was a highlight. Art, thanks for organizing another wonderful night at the movies.

    January 13, 2013

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