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
The servant Fortnum states that he is leaving royal service to open a provisioner's shop in Piccadilly ("a step up from emptying piss-pots"), a comical allusion to the Fortnum & Mason's establishment. The film takes place in 1788, 81 years after F&M was founded in 1707. In fact, the company's co-founder's grandson entered royal service in 1761, which led to an expansion of the company's business. See more
[crudely staring at Lady Pembroke
Fine cluster there, eh?
[to Queen Charlotte, pointing at her bosom
Go on. Look. Look. Go on. You might learn something.
[circles around Pembroke
Good arse too.
[rubs his behind against hers
And warm, eh, I'll bet. Ahh.
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G. F. Handel) See more