7.3/10
11,978
57 user 39 critic

The Madness of King George (1994)

A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mrs Brown (1997)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but ... See full summary »

Director: John Madden
Stars: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer
The Queen (2006)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell
Elizabeth I (TV Mini-Series 2005)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Hugh Dancy, Toby Jones
Gosford Park (2001)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon
The Crucible (1996)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield
Restoration (1995)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis
Elizabeth (1998)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston
Henry V (1989)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott
Nobody's Fool (1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft
Wilde (1997)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Charlotte Curley ...
Peter Bride-Kirk ...
Royal Children
Eve Camden ...
Royal Children
Thomas Copeland ...
Royal Children
Joanna Hall ...
Royal Children
Cassandra Halliburton ...
Royal Children
Russell Martin ...
Royal Children
Natalie Palys ...
Royal Children
...
...
David Leon ...
Martin Julier ...
Edit

Storyline

A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he loses his senses, he becomes both more alive and more politically marginalized; neither effect desirable to his lieutenants, who jimmy the rules to avoid a challenge to regal authority, raising the question of who is really in charge. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La folie du roi George  »

Box Office

Gross:

$15,238,994 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One bit of business that failed to survive the transition from stage to film: Pitt's drinking. While in the film George III briefly mentions Pitt's drinking habits to his wife, on stage, as Alan Bennett puts it, "Pitt takes a swig from a hip flask, such a regular feature of his behaviour it is not noted in the stage directions." (The historical Pitt was considered a heavy drinker even by eighteenth-century standards, especially as he got older; modern biographers agree that his alcohol intake probably contributed to his early death.) See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, as King George rides his horse, lawnmower tire tracks are visible on the field. See more »

Quotes

Prince of Wales: [pointing to medal] What's that one?
Duke of York: Oh, I found out the other day that I'm Bishop of Osnabruck.
[pause]
Duke of York: Amazing what one is, really.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Madness of King George: Featurette (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Zadok the Priest
(uncredited)
Music by George Frideric Handel (as G H Handel)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Singular outstanding acting job in a most complex role
19 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm writing these comments about "The Madness of King George" because of the singular outstanding performance by Nigel Hawthorne. This is one of the most versatile roles in films in decades. It surely ranks among the very best of all time. As King George, Hawthorne covers a range of emotions, personalities and temperaments not often found in film roles. His character is a study in transition from the serious to the serene to the silly. It's a role of drama, of hilarity, of ego and stuffiness, of pathos, of sorrow and regret, and of gentleness and kindness. What an exceptional acting job.

Most often I watch a movie for the whole experience, taking in the plot, characters, acting, scenes and scenery, location, action, intrigue, comedy, tragedy, as a blend of the whole product. All of these weigh in and affect how much I enjoy the film. But half way through this film, I became aware that I was more engrossed in the lead character himself, and the great diversity and excellence of acting on display.

Others have commented that Hawthorne should have won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in 1994. While I like Tom Hanks as an actor, I agree that his role in Forrest Gump wasn't anything exceptional. Certainly not on the order of "Mr. King" in "The Madness of King George." Indeed, Hawthorne must have had to work on his role -- even as a consummate actor, if not for the variations of mood and portrayals, at least for the vast amount of lines he had to speak in the film. By comparison, the Forrest Gump role had a very small amount of lines, and those were far less taxing to an actor. Hanks' was a role that seemed more fun and easygoing than a challenge or demand.

I'm not one to complain about Hollywood (except for the low quality and volume of attempts at humor in the past 20 years), but once in a while I think that many others who make the same observation are right on. Hollywood flops big time in its Oscar choice of an actor, actress or film once in a while. It seems to me that the California-based Academy at times doesn't look as objectively and honestly at films produced outside the U.S. Nothing else produced in 1994 even came close to the outstanding acting by Hawthorne in this first rate film.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Chop chop the King?!?! davismargaret
Great movie but I'm confused.. youngone_andi
Underrated Movie MissMadness
Lines from The Madness of King George steve-abrams
Mr. Pitt was Sexy!!!!!!!!!!! sports2119
Fitzroy lynnarmit
Discuss The Madness of King George (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?