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The King's Speech (2010)

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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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Private Secretary
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Chauffeur
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BBC Radio Announcer
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Laurie Logue
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Valentine Logue
Ben Wimsett ...
Anthony Logue
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Storyline

Britain's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence. Written by Jwelch5742

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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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25 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El discurso del rey  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$355,450, 28 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$138,797,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$373,700,000
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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

In a brief scene at the end of the film, a group of soldiers listens to the speech as broadcast. They're wearing the cap badge of The Queen's Regiment, but the badge is the pre-1922 pattern, a paschal lamb with "The Queen's" scrolled beneath. That changed in 1922, to a larger paschal lamb with no scroll. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.130 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Camptown Races
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Written by Stephen Foster
Altered lyrics
[Sung a cappella by Lionel (Geoffrey Rush) and Albert (Colin Firth) during an impromptu session]
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A touching, historical masterpiece
27 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

I rarely rate a movie a "10" but in this case, it is well deserved. Truly, there is no way to improve upon the achievement that this film represents, whether in casting, direction, writing, artistic value, you name it.

The story gives us a fascinating look into the struggles faced by George VI on his way to becoming king of England. The story line is all about his stuttering, but underneath all that are suppressed memories from childhood, growing up in the shadow of an elder brother, perpetual negative reinforcement from a domineering father, etc. It's a psychoanalytical look at a well-known royal family, and while I can't vouch for its absolute veracity, it gives a rare glimpse into the lives of people we wouldn't otherwise observe at this level of intimacy (much like "Queen" did a few years ago).

The contrast between George and Edward VIII is most fruitful. It's the clash between duty and hedonism, fulfilling one's personal quest for happiness vs. overcoming one's worst fears on behalf of your people and country. Edward is typically romanticized and lionized, but here we see him as more of a spoiled, selfish lout.

But the heart of the movie is the relationship between George and Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who is helping him overcome his speech problems. Both actors are at the absolute top of their form. Firth is brilliant as the aloof, initially reluctant and distrustful monarch, while Rush shows the same wink-of-the-eye humor and irony that he did as Barbossa, relishing the sheer inequality of their positions yet knowing the extent to which George is dependent on him. Ultimately a true friendship develops between the men, and since they are both such endearing characters, it's a joy to watch.

I should add that Helena Bonham-Carter is also spot-on as the haughty yet practical queen consort. Other more minor roles are effectively played (e.g., Winston Churchill, George V). The entire movie is a perfect blend of history, personal and familial drama, with broader themes of perseverance and overcoming adversity which give it a timeless application.

Lastly, in this movie's case, the "R" rating is for "Ridiculous." The only potentially offensive material is some over-the-top language (including the F-word) which plays a part in one scene, and is clearly used for comic purpose and with great effect. I unhesitatingly took my 13 year old daughter and (depending on the child) might be okay for even younger ones. Don't let that stop you from seeing this gem.


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