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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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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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When God couldn't save The King, The Queen turned to someone who could. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After the film had been completed Colin Firth struggled to lose the stutter he had developed for the film and required speech assistance, just like King George VI. See more »

Goofs

When the Duke of York tells his daughters the penguin story, the view from behind shows each girl with an arm around a dog. In the next shot, with the girls shown from the front, their arms are down by their sides. 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 New Girl: Naked (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Swanee River
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Altered lyrics
[Sung a cappella by Lionel (Geoffrey Rush) during an impromptu session]
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Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush Are a Pleasure to Watch
21 February 2011 | by bob-790-196018See all my reviews

While the very idea of a stammering king is inherently interesting, as is the historical context of a gathering world war, the real substance of this movie is the interplay between two fine actors, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Firth gives a particularly rich performance, bringing his character to life with depth and subtlety.

As an American, I find the notion of monarchy in the Twenty-First Century to be at best puzzling. But the movie helps us understand the importance of the king as a unifying symbol of Britain during a time when the very existence of Britain was under threat. So even we Yanks can see how crucial it is that the king be able to address the people with reasonable fluency.

A very enjoyable film.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The King's Speech See more »

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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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