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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Curley ...
Peter Bride-Kirk ...
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Eve Camden ...
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Thomas Copeland ...
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Joanna Hall ...
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Cassandra Halliburton ...
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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>

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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 »

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Release Date:

28 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La folie du roi George  »

Box Office


$15,238,994 (USA)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In reality, the Prince's illegal "marriage" to Maria Fitzherbert did not end until 1794, about five years after the film's events. (They later reunited for a while after his disastrous marriage to Caroline of Brunswick.) See more »


The King refers to a piglet as a "Tamworth", a breed name not used until around 1810. See more »


George III: [Signs document] Married yet, Mr. Pitt, what what?
Pitt: No, sir.
George III: [Blows excess pounce off document] Got your eye on anybody then, hey?
Pitt: No, sir.
George III: [Holds out document, which Pitt retrieves while handing the king another one] A man should marry - yes, yes.
[Looks at new document]
George III: Best thing I ever did. And children, you see, children. Great comfort, of course.
[Indicates paper]
George III: This fellow we're putting in as professor at Oxford - was his father Canon of Westminster?
Pitt: I've no idea, sir.
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"I have you in my eye, Sir"
22 September 2002 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

A great performance from Nigel Hawthorne makes this movie very enjoyable. His portrayal of the 'Mad King' is in turns entertaining, poignant, sharp, and commanding. The rest of the cast back him up well. The conversion from stage play to screen works well here... the production design is excellent, and the direction is dynamic enough to ensure that the movie never drags. Best of all though is Alan Bennett's script which is full of wonderfully comic and intelligent soundbites. This is a sumptuous period drama which is never too intense, but at the same time never too pithy, and it makes for very pleasant viewing. The film never takes itself too seriously or gets bogged down - after all, what other 18th century costume drama can boast such lengthy discourse regarding the constitution of a British monarch's fetid stools?

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