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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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It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own. See more »


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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2010 (USA)  »

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El discurso del rey  »

Box Office

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,523,102 (UK) (7 January 2011)

Gross:

$138,795,342 (USA) (10 June 2011)
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Trivia

The second Best Picture winner in less than a decade to feature "King" in the title. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) won Best Picture seven years earlier. Lionel Logue's oldest son Laurie is played by Calum Gittins, whose mother Philippa Boyens co-wrote all three Lord of the Rings films, and appeared himself in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, while the King delivers his wartime speech to the nation, a group of men in the next room are listening to it via headphones. The very dusty bakelite loudspeaker cabinet on the table was manufactured in the UK, by the broadcast relay company Rediffusion Limited, in the 1950s. 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 closing speech at the Empire Exhibition in Wembley, London.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credit roll, Philip Clements is listed twice as Assistant Sound Editor. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Russell Brand/Chris Brown (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Lionel and Bertie
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios
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User Reviews

 
Another brilliant biopic about King George VI
22 November 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at Ryerson Theater during the Toronto International Film Festival among many other movie's this one really acquired my attention , wonder if it was for Colin Firth or Tom Hooper's writing. This is a moving tale about a king's obligation and deep friendship toward the nation he loved. The screenplay by David Seidler is genuine and clever... Colin Firth as the king is utterly dazzling and doesn't stop to amaze us movie by movie , like last year's A Single Man his performance has good chance to end at the Oscar race this year. Geoffrey Rush had one of the movie's well written role as the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue , his acting is splendid! Tom Hooper did an remarkable work , every detail of the movie is memorable On the whole this movie is a bright , smart and impressive picture.


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