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The Madness of King George (1994)

When King George III goes mad, his lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

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... Greville
... Queen Charlotte
... Lady Pembroke
Charlotte Curley ... Amelia
Peter Bride-Kirk ... Royal Children
Eve Camden ... Royal Child
Thomas Copeland ... Royal Child
Joanna Hall ... Royal Child
Cassandra Halliburton ... Royal Child
Russell Martin ... Royal Child
Natalie Palys ... Royal Child
... Prince of Wales
... Duke of York
David Leon ... Footman
Martin Julier ... Footman
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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. Written by Jwelch5742

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His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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28 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La folie du roi George  »

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$15,238,994
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nigel Hawthorne, a stage and television actor, had little cinema 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. It was unnecessary, as Hawthorne was the producers' automatic choice for the lead. Alan Bennett only agreed to his play being turned into a film if Hawthorne was cast as George III. See more »

Goofs

A globe shows post-1846-but-before-1848 United States boundaries, including the Louisiana Purchase and Oregon Territory, but with California and Nevada (among other territories) still Mexican. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Willis: If the King refuses food, He will be restrained. If He claims to have no appetite, He will be restrained. If He swears and indulges in MEANINGLESS DISCOURSE... He will be restrained. If He throws off his bed-clothes, tears away His bandages, scratches at His sores, and if He does not strive EVERY day and ALWAYS towards His OWN RECOVERY... then He must be restrained.
George III: I am the King of England.
Dr. Willis: NO, sir. You are the PATIENT.
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Referenced in Northern Exposure: Tranquility Base (1995) See more »

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Greensleeves
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Played by the bell-ringers
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A great fun story full of colourful characters and performances
27 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Already upset by the loss of America to independence, King George III of England's position is made more difficult by the onset of an illness that causes him to act wildly and babble uncontrollably. While the Prime Minister places him in the hands of Dr Willis to keep him in power, The Prince of Wales and the leader of the opposition both plan to replace the king with the prince by way of a parliamentary bill.

Based on the great little play that is historically based, this film went down very well with the awards season since it is very English and well acted. The plot is well written, I'm not sure if it is totally accurate but it is surely based on facts even if it has been coloured for artistic and entertainment reasons. The film embraces both the internal workings of the royal family and the politics of parliament really well; again, it may not be totally true but it is colourful, dissenting and enjoyably. The film is involving but yet still manages to be enjoyable and funny. It is a great story and it is lavishly brought to the big screen in this great production.

The sets and costumes are really good and establish the period and setting of the story very well, but it is the performances that really make it work. Hawthorne is wonderfully cast and delivers a great performance in the lead - both as the cruel monarch or the madman. He is totally believable all the way and never lets his performance become comical or silly even when it is amusing in delivery. Mirren and Donohoe both have less to do but make impacts in their scenes. Everett, Holm, Wadham and Graves support the film to great effect, their performances are colourful, impacting and very enjoyable.

Overall, historical films will quite often be viewed as lifeless, dull and overlong. Here this film goes against all those old clichés and is lively, colourful and enjoyable. The rich sets and costumes add value to some great performances in an engaging story that is very enjoyable.


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