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The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

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Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stammer and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country through war. Written by Anonymous

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When his nation needed a leader, when the people needed a voice, an ordinary man would help him find the courage. See more »


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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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24 December 2010 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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£3,523,102 (UK) (7 January 2011)

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$138,795,342 (USA) (10 June 2011)
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When Princess Elizabeth meets Lionel Logue the first time, she says that the President for the Royal Society for Speech Therapists warned her that Logue's "antipodean methods were both unorthodox and controversial." Antipodean can mean the exact opposite of something, or it can refer to Australia and New Zealand. The film makes use of both definitions: Logue was an Australian; and he is portrayed as a rogue character whose treatments go against conventional wisdom. The director played on Logue's Australian nationality and his unconventionality because he felt that the English have an aversion to therapy. See more »

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After the abdication of Edward VIII, Bertie says to Logue "every Monarch in history has always succeeded someone who was dead, or just about to be." That is not entirely true. For example, James II had to flee England (a de facto abdication) in 1688. He lived in exile in France until his death in 1701. See more »

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Title Card: 1925 / King George V reigns over a quarter of the world's people. He asks his second son, the Duke of York, to give the final closing speech at the Empire Exhibition in Wembley, London.
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One word; Brilliant
14 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The title of the film wouldn't necessarily have caught my eye, but am I glad I went to see this film, courtesy of an advance screening. It was bound to be good with Colin Firth playing the Duke of York who went on to become George VI, and he didn't let the audience down. Let's not forget also the other main characters, Lionel Logue played by Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter as the Duchess of York, Michael Gambon as George V and Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill - all absolutely perfect for their respective roles. Whilst the dates in the film might not have been completely accurate, the film tells the story perfectly, sometimes humorously and and certainly sensitively, and I would like to think in such a way that doesn't cause any embarrassment to any surviving members of our Royal Family or indeed people who suffer from what must be a very difficult condition to live with. Certainly a film I would recommend to my friends.


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