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After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle. Based on the true story of King George VI, "The King's Speech" follows the Royal Monarch's quest to find his voice.
Candidates for president and prime minister choose to run, but kings rarely have a choice. Such was the case for Prince Albert, known by family members as Bertie (Colin Firth), whose stutter made public speaking difficult. Upon the death of his father, George V (Michael Gambon, making the most of a small part), the crown went to Bertie's brother, Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), who abdicated to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson. All the while, Bertie and his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter, excellent), try to find a solution to his stammer. Nothing works until they meet Australian émigré Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a failed actor operating out of a threadbare office. He believes Bertie's problem stems from emotional rather than physiological issues, leading to a clash of wills that allows the Oscar®-winning Rush (Shine) and the Oscar-nominated Firth (A Single Man) to do some of their best work (in a neat bit of casting, Firth's Pride and Prejudice costar, Jennifer Ehle, plays Logue's wife). All their efforts, from the tense to the comic--Bertie doesn't stutter when he swears--lead to the speech King George VI must make to the British public on the eve of World War II. At a time when his country needs him the most, he can't afford to fail. As Stephen Frears did in The Queen, Tom Hooper (HBO's Elizabeth I) lends vulnerability to a royal figure, showing how isolating that life can be--and how much difference a no-nonsense friend like Logue can make. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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I need DVD of King's Speech with the English subtitles for the deaf please please. (not blu-ray)
Mar 17, 2011 by Ms Susan H. Shannon | See all 11 posts
|PG 13 Version||
The release date for the PG-13 theatrical version was 3 weeks ago whereas the release date for the R-rated theatrical version was 5 months ago. So, it seems extremely likely that they will release the PG-13 version later on, but I cannot find a definite release date.
Apr 22, 2011 by theholmboy | See all 7 posts
|Anyone notice odd framing of some shots in The King's Speech||
I think it was kinda to show how reluctant they were about working with each other. You'll notice that over the course of the movie the framing becomes more conventional, as to show that they were being brought closer together. Then we have the final speech at the end where they are in the same... Read More
Jan 19, 2011 by Renfield | See all 5 posts
|Why not a full theater 1:1.24 version?||
What does 1:1.24 mean? The movie was shot with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Jun 23, 2011 by bfore13 | See all 2 posts
|I want the R-rated version.||
Excuse me. I'm a 17 year old and have had friends including a 15 and 16 year old that loved this movie. Your stereotypes that all teenagers are inept morons is quite offensive, thanks.
Mar 13, 2011 by timmyturner493 | See all 15 posts
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