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
During their first meeting, Lionel shows Bertie a home phonograph recorder that he calls a "Silvertone". Silvertone was a brand name of the Sears-Roebuck department store and mail-order catalogue company of Chicago, Illinois. Sears introduced the brand name for their wind-up phonographs in 1915, expanding it to include their radio, vacuum tube, and radio battery lines in the mid 1920s. Sears renamed its musical instrument lines "Silvertone" in the 1930s, followed by their guitar amplifier lines in the late 1940s. The Silvertone brand name was retired in 1972. See more »
When Bertie starts to apply glue to the model plane, the plane is resting on the table, however in the next shot, he's holding it in his hand. See more »
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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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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