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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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Tom Hooper

Writer:

David Seidler (screenplay)
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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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Find Your Voice. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 film, 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 chosen (roughly 54 beats per minute) is slow relative to Beethoven's Allegretto indication (meaning "moderately quick"), while 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

In the conversation with Bertie after delivering the Christmas proclamation, the old King calls Joseph Stalin "Marshal Stalin". Stalin took the title "Marshal of the Soviet Union" only in March 1943, after the Battle of Stalingrad, 7 years after King George V died. 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

Referenced in Who's Doing the Dishes?: Charlotte Hawkins (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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King Colin
18 December 2017 | by pauletterich-laSee all my reviews

After seeing "Apartment Zero" and being bowled over again by his amazing performance as the Argentinean pretending to be British, I felt the urge to see "The King's Speech" again - So glad I did. It was very moving to see Adrian Leduc being George VI. What an astonishing actor. In Apartment Zero he creates a character without a personality. A repressed, innocent that comes out as a total weirdo but we know better. His undeclared needs reflected in Colin Firth's eyes are a prodigious acting feast. In The King's Speech, his George VI suffers from a different fear but it's also pungently clear in the actor's eyes. I think what they both share is a desperate wish to be invisible. For King George that's an impossibility so, his struggle to move forward, learning to be the man everyone expects him to be is enormously moving. As you may have guessed, Colin Firth has become one of my favorite actors of all time.


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