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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.

Director:

Tom Hooper

Writer:

David Seidler (screenplay)
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 106 wins & 205 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 (Colin Firth) 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 (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), 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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It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The piece of music heard during the broadcast of King George VI's 1939 radio speech is the second movement Allegretto of Ludwig van Beethoven's 7th Symphony. It was slightly altered to suit the movie, by mimicking the King's speech patterns: the immediate repetition of the movement's opening woodwind chord is a "musical stammer" similar to the King's stutter; the tempo (roughly 44 beats per minute) is slow relative to Beethoven's Allegretto indication (meaning "moderately quick"), and the silences between the musical phrases are lengthened through extreme rubato (meaning that the music is played not in strictly even time, but rather with some flexibility). These alterations communicate the King's progression from a nervous start to a confident, flowing delivery. See more »

Goofs

The Tiger Moth aircraft, although of the period, bears a registration (G-ANFM) allocated in 1953. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

In the end credit roll, Philip Clements is listed twice as Assistant Sound Editor. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Summer Special 2010/11 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Shout for Happiness
Written by Jack Hart and Tom Blight
Performed by Al Bowlly and the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Ray Noble (uncredited)
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd.
Master courtesy of Post Perfect Vintage Music, UK
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Superb drama of courage and humanity
6 November 2010 | by ColinrocksSee 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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UK | USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$355,450, 28 November 2010

Gross USA:

$138,797,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$427,374,317
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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