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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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
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It is now known that George III's mental state was caused by porphyria, a metabolic imbalance. His blue urine was a dead giveaway. See more »
The left side of the door has 1862 carved in it, even though the film is set in the 1780s. See more »
[Margaret Nicholson has attempted unsuccessfully to kill the King]
I have a property due to me from the Crown of England! Give me my property or the land will be drenched in blood!
Will it, madam?
[he picks up the extremely small knife]
Well, not with this it won't. It's a fruit knife, wouldn't cut a cabbage.
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The late Nigel Hawthorne received his only Oscar nomination for his outstanding role of King George III of England who developed a mental disorder that created chaos for the the nation's leader in the 1700s. His wife (Helen Mirren in an Oscar-nominated role) cannot cope and it turns out that no one can really help the king as the medical profession just lacked the modernism necessary to assist. Ian Holm is a genuine scene-stealer as the physician who uses some unorthodox methods to try and cure the titled character. Nigel Hawthorne, who sadly passed away recently, was one of the truly great actors of his time and this was his finest role. 4 stars out of 5.
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