The Madness of King George 1994

The Madness of King George

Critics Consensus

Thanks largely to stellar all-around performances from a talented cast, The Madness of King George is a funny, entertaining, and immensely likable adaptation of the eponymous stage production.

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Aging King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger (Julian Wadham) attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett), from usurping the throne.

Cast & Crew

Dame Helen Mirren
Queen Charlotte
Ian Holm
Dr. Willis
Rupert Everett
Prince of Wales
Amanda Donohoe
Lady Pembroke
Stephen Evans
Producer
Andrew Dunn
Cinematographer
Tariq Anwar
Film Editor
Ken Adam
Production Design
John Fenner
Art Direction
Carolyn Scott
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Critic Reviews for The Madness of King George

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Audience Reviews for The Madness of King George

  • Mar 21, 2015
    Yeah, Bennett's screenplay is fantastic and so is the whole cast (Nigel Hawthorne in particular), but Hytner's direction is what makes the whole thing work, emphasizing the dark, dirty reality of late 18th century England through carefully chosen shots that recall "Barry Lyndon" in the best possible way.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    This film has a top-notch cast and a fascinating true story. The costumes and locations are perfect. I felt as though I had traveled back in time to events in the Age of Enlightenment that may not have been quite so enlightened.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2012
    I saw this on DVD. Interesting look at monarchy. It raises questions about WHY monarchy of course. It was produced in 1994 and I think there were a lot of questions around then about WHY the monarchy when you had Prince Charles doing make-work waiting for mum to move aside--still waiting--and Fergie and Diana trying to figure out how to be real women while also being every little girl's fantasy--and Prince Phillip looking stern--and well, it's obviously a defunct institution but the Brits love 'em so who am I--an American, or a Colonist as King George would say--to tell them what to do? They're a colorful lot. This movie also really gets into the power behind the thrown--Pitt, Fox--great depictions and not unlike we're going through in 2012./
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    Nigel Hawthorne is marvellous in this one. I have been disappointed by Hytner in the past but this one thankfully passed muster with flying colours.
    John B Super Reviewer

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