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The King's Speech (2010)

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The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

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Tom Hooper

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David Seidler (screenplay)
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 102 wins & 194 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... King George VI
Helena Bonham Carter ... Queen Elizabeth
Derek Jacobi ... Archbishop Cosmo Lang
Robert Portal ... Equerry
Richard Dixon ... Private Secretary
Paul Trussell Paul Trussell ... Chauffeur
Adrian Scarborough ... BBC Radio Announcer
Andrew Havill ... Robert Wood
Charles Armstrong ... BBC Technician
Roger Hammond ... Dr. Blandine Bentham
Geoffrey Rush ... Lionel Logue
Calum Gittins ... Laurie Logue
Jennifer Ehle ... Myrtle Logue
Dominic Applewhite ... Valentine Logue
Ben Wimsett 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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Country:

UK | USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El discurso del rey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film features Harry Potter actors Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall, and Michael Gambon. See more »

Goofs

When Bertie meets Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin to discuss Edward's abdication, close-ups show a speck of cigarette ash on Bertie's lapel. After a cut-away, the speck has gone. 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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In the end credit roll, Philip Clements is listed twice as Assistant Sound Editor. See more »

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Referenced in Family Guy: Total Recall (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Clarinet in A Major: Allegro
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Heard during the montage of Lionel conducting lessons with Bertie
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A Royal Treat
17 December 2010 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

You heard it from me: Not even James Franco with his boffo performance in 127 Hours can beat Colin Firth for the Oscar in King's Speech, a docudrama about the Duke of York (Firth) becoming King George VI while overcoming a crushing stutter. Not only does the actor get pitch perfect the stutter, but he also invests a kindness, courage, and vulnerability in the character that work in harmony to create an unforgettable George in an exquisite period peace.

Not to forget how generously Geoffrey Rush underplays Lionel, the speech therapist who is instrumental in making the king a speaker and a friend. That low-key acting allows Firth the room to expand his king's personality without interference from an Oscar-winning co-star. This is history as I like to learn it—honest and engaging with palaces and minor characters well-appointed and underplayed themselves as part of a mosaic of challenges facing a handicapped king and a nation on the brink of WWII. The pace is close to languid, better to allow us to settle in for the painful transformation of a man unused to public speaking but used to family mocking his disability.

George's bravery is the film's heartbeat, not flamboyant courage, mind you, but rather the kind that wakes us up to the character as complex and lovable. But valor is not his exclusively, Guy Pearce's Edward, who abdicates for his love, Wallace Simpson, can be seen as a courageous man giving up a crown for love or a fool falling for a twice-divorced socialite.

Such an ambivalence is fitting for a film that gently introduces you to a period in British history when alliances are not clear and allegiances dangerous. One thing is patently clear, however—this is going to be on most critics' best film of the year list with a sure Oscar winner for its star. If Firth missed the brass ring last year in A Single Man, he'll grab it this year in King's Speech.


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