Aging King George III of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales, from usurping the throne.
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
Sir Nigel Hawthorne
, a stage and television actor, had little theatrical movie experience. He was so determined to reprise his award-winning stage role on-screen that he took the part of Dr. Raymond Cocteau in Demolition Man
(1993) to prove that he had screen presence. Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead. Alan Bennett
only agreed to his play being turned into a movie if Hawthorne was cast as George III. See more
Pitt and Thurlow go to visit the King at Kew during the winter - but the leafy green trees outside clearly indicate that the scene was filmed in summer (shooting took place from July to early September). See more
By your dress, sir, and general demeanor, I'd say you were a minister of God.
Oh, that's true, Your Majesty, I was once in the service of the Church. Now I practice medicine.
Well, I'm sorry for it. You've quitted a profession I've always loved and embraced one I most heartily DETEST.
Our Savior went about healing the sick.
Yes... but He had not seven hundred pounds a year for it.
Well, that's not bad for a madman.
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G. F. Handel) See more