Miss Potter

January 5th, 2007


Miss Potter

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The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 7.0/10 (13,489 voted)

Critic's Score: 57/100

Director: Chris Noonan

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Emily Watson

In 1902, in London, the spinster Beatrix Potter lives with her bourgeois parents. Her snobbish mother Helen Potter had introduced several bachelors to Beatriz until she was twenty years old but she turned them all down. Beatrix Potter has been drawing animals and making up stories about them since she was a child but her parents has never recognized her as an artist. One day, Miss Potter offers her stories to a print house and the rookie publisher Norman Warne is delighted with her tales and publishes her first children's book. The successful selling leads Norman to publish two other books and Miss Potter becomes the best friend of his single sister Millie Warne. Sooner they fall in love with each other but Helen does not accept that her daughter marries a "trader". However, Beatrix's father Rupert Potter proposes that his daughter spends the summer with his wife and...

Renée Zellweger - Beatrix Potter
Ewan McGregor - Norman Warne
Emily Watson - Millie Warne
Barbara Flynn - Helen Potter
Bill Paterson - Rupert Potter
Matyelok Gibbs - Miss Wiggin
Lloyd Owen - William Heelis
Anton Lesser - Harold Warne
David Bamber - Fruing Warne
Phyllida Law - Mrs. Warne
Patricia Kerrigan - Fiona
Lucy Boynton - Young Beatrix
Oliver Jenkins - Young Bertram
Justin McDonald - Young Heelis
Judith Barker - Hilda

Taglines: One of the greatest love stories never told


Official Website: Bac Films [France] | Official site [uk] |

Release Date: 5 January 2007

Filming Locations: Bluebell Railway, East Sussex, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,205 (USA) (31 December 2006) (2 Screens)

Gross: $2,975,649 (USA) (24 June 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

'Ewan McGregor' was 'Renee Zellweger''s first choice to star beside her as Miss Potter's romantic interest, Mr. Norman Warne.

Errors in geography: The train crosses Arten Gill viaduct in a southerly direction on the Settle Carlisle railway line. She would be going north from London to Penrith (for Keswick), and would cross northwards.

Beatrix Potter: Stories don't always end where their authors intended. But there is joy in following them, wherever they take us.

User Review

Truly Moving Picture

Rating: 10/10

I saw this film on December 17th, 2006 in Indianapolis. I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

This is the story of Beatrix Potter, the author of many classic illustrated children's stories such as "Peter Rabbit." She was raised in the latter part of the 19th Century in an upper middle class, stuffy family. And worked in the early part of the 20th Century.

It is a story of rebellion, and one woman's liberation from knowing one's place, settling on an arranged marriage, and quietly raising a family in the shadow of a man. Beatrix (Renee Zellweger) would have none of that. She had a dreamy artist's imagination and talent and temperament from an early age and simply rebelled and lived in her own created world. When the world recognized her talent, she slowly became a part of the commercial world via the book publishing industry and a mentor/love interest (Ewan McGregor) and the mentor's sister (Emily Watson).

The cast is brilliant. You go back in time with them a 100 years and live with and understand their stilted social mores. The art direction and cinematography are stunning and are worthy of Academy Award nominations.

There is one neat trick of animation that appears throughout this film. The drawn animal characters occasionally become animated, but only to Beatrix. It sounds hokey, but it is a clever way to demonstrate how real these characters were to their author. And, it's why they have rung true to children and to adults for many generations.

Beatrix is a model for determination and pluck and steadfastness. This is a beautiful story beautifully told. Undoubtedly, this film will be compared to "Finding Neverland." "Miss Potter" is of the same high quality.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.


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