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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
, a stage and TV actor, had little cinema experience. He was so determined to reprise his award-winning stage role on screen that he took part of Dr. Raymond Cocteau in Demolition Man
(1993) to prove that he had screen presence. It was unnecessary; Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead. Alan Bennett
only agreed to his play being turned into a film if Hawthorne was cast as George III. See more
Early in the film, as King George rides his horse, lawnmower tire tracks are visible on the field. See more
We consider ourselves blessed in our constitution. We tell ourselves our Parliament is the envy of the world. But we live in the health and well-being of the sovereign as much as any vizier does the Sultan.
The Sultan orders it better. He has the son and heir strangled.
Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #3.2
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G H Handel) See more