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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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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 »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El discurso del rey  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$355,450 (USA) (26 November 2010)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point in the film, King Edward VIII makes fun of Prince Albert's stammer by saying: "Younger brother trying to push older brother off the throne. P-p-p-p-p-positively medieval!" Minus the stammer, this was an actual line written by the real King Edward (later Duke of Windsor) to his brother (later King George VI) when he was away from Great Britain for a time, having given a few responsibilities to Prince Albert in his absence. See more »


The altar frontal at Westminster Abbey is purple. King George VI's coronation occurred May 12th, 1937, too late for Lent. Also, the Abbey has no purple altar frontals for the High Altar. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.101 (2011) See more »


Who's Been Polishing The Sun?
Music by Noel Gay
Lyrics by Charles Gaynor
Performed by Bert Ambrose and His Orchestra
Vocals by Sam Browne and the Rhythm Sisters
Published by Richard Armitage Ltd
Master courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Superb drama of courage and humanity
6 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think I must have seen a different film from the previous two reviewers at Leeds on Friday. It is now two days ago and I am still feeling overwhelmed by what I saw. It is a very touching, and quite inspiring story about a man, psychologically scarred, and trapped in a situation from which he could have no escape and facing it with immense courage. It so happens that he was royal, and that was a large part of his problem- but the film isn't so much about royalty as a human story. The film conveyed very powerfully in the opening scene, the enormity of what was required of him. As the film develops, the complexities of the character are revealed. The acting is superb, especially from the three principals, and the development of the troubled and sparky relationship at the heart of the film is a joy to watch. The film is very funny and the characters have warmth and humanity. The film is well paced, and carries you along to the emotional climax, so that, even though I knew the story, it had me holding my breath. If you don't need lots of action or special effects in your film, and enjoy seeing top-notch actors at the very peak of their craft, this will be for you. You might also, as I did, gain a bit more insight into the human drama behind a significant, but relatively unexplored period of British history.

If CF and GR both win Oscars they will be more than worthy winners and if they don't then "best" has no meaning.

One further thought- anyone who thinks that this film is unsuitable for teenage viewers needs to have a long hard look at their priorities. It could prove inspirational to anyone with communication difficulties.

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