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February 18, 2018
This 1994 film is based on a stage play of the same name. It is year 1788 when King George III goes mad, his lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation and make his son Regent of the Kingdom, while a renowned doctor is responsible for improving his condition, a disease known as Porphyria. Winner of one Academy Award for Art Direction and nominated for other three, it proves to be one of the best films that depict the Georgian era , with a great comedic tone.
½ December 28, 2017
I thought this movie would be better but I just don't get the British , I don't get their drama. It's lame and boring.
December 9, 2017
Movie, dark comedy, "The Madness of King Georgia"; my god this movie was great! I loved it. It satirizes the pointless pomp and protocol of the royalty, disrupting the functioning of government when the king shows signs of being ill, but has very touching moments of poignancy when in his most lucid moments, the mad king seems the only one in his right mind in a mad world.

One of my new top 10 comedies along with other dark comedies like A Fish Called Wanda, Death to Smoochie, Female Trouble, War of the Roses, and Fargo.
September 19, 2017
Rewatched after many years. I'd remembered the great performances all round but forgotten the political intrigue that surrounds the personal stories. Interesting.
½ March 9, 2017
A carefully made and immersive period piece. More stimulating than the history lesson provided are its climatic allusions to King Lear and subsequent refutation of Shakespeare's tragic denouement. It stands against the tragedy, though it's worth asking to what end. Like the formal but flat communication of the royals and their attendants, I fear the script shows but does not sufficiently explore the relationships between the King and his doctors, his son, and/or his wife. A fair bit of critical focus seems to be on the conflict/relationship between the King and Willis, though I struggle to see this as the central or best conflict given its rather shallow exploration and relatively late introduction. So I suspect there is some madness in what the film seems, but what the film is is a work with much going for it, including commendable acting and design.
November 15, 2016
Rather good but probably needs watching more than once to be appreciated better.
September 23, 2016
Well made depiction of an ultimately sad story.
May 25, 2016
Una historia real de locura e intrigas con un ligero toque de comedia. A destacar la recreacion de epoca y las actuaciones.
April 2, 2016
Dear reader: Are you by any chance a fan of the sensational hip-hop musical Hamilton or its soundtrack? Did you perhaps smile at the crazy cackling of Hamilton's clueless King George? Then I humbly suggest that you watch The Madness of King George. In addition to laughing your ass off, you'll get that joke about Americans being blue and making him mad... Your loyal servant, son of another Caribbean migrant, Tony Diaz
December 20, 2015
Entertaining historical drama.
Super Reviewer
½ March 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.
March 21, 2015
this story is mostly true King George went crazy and even had problems with his heath but it is true non the less.
March 15, 2015
Interesting that in 1994 Forest Gump [brilliant;y played] would in terms of mental limitation should "outweigh" Nigel Hawtorne's even singular performance of madness in The Madness of King George. American sentimentality crowds out the deeper struggle of power and a final victory over madness. We overlooked Helen Mirren [with Meryl Steep the greatest actress today] for little Ms. America in "Blind Side."
½ November 16, 2014
One of those period dramas that just bored me. The comedy was also wasted on me as is most English snob-comedy.
½ September 17, 2014
Good flick, but it seems rushed and shows it's age a little. One thing I liked is that the costumes look more realistic than most hyper glossy period dramas.
½ August 7, 2014
I was surprised with the film after watching it thinking that it was going to be boring and pointless. Really impressed by Hawthorne's and Mirren's performances as king George III and queen Charlotte respectively, funny and full of charm.
May 1, 2014
wow ummm just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this a great movie 2 watch.....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that nigel hawthorne (.R.I.P.), helen mirren, ian holm, rupert everett, rupert graves, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that the director of this comedy/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.......i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch it is such a really sad movie 2 watch but its such a fantastic movie 2 watch....i think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.....i think that nigel hawthorne was absolutley fantastically brilliant throughout this movie as the lead role throughout this movie as he played the role so really well throughout this movie......i think that Alan Bennett as a back bench MP whose speech is interrupted by everyone running out to see the King, was good throughout this movie....i think that Roger Hammond (.R.I.P.), was good throughout this movie as baker throughout this movie......i think that helen mirren was great throughout this movie......i think that Jim Carter as Whig MP and leader of the opposition Charles James Fox., was great throughout this movie in his role........i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch its such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch i think that this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch......

Filming locations:
The film was shot at Shepperton Studios and on location at:
Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex
Bodleian Library, Oxford
Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Eton College, Eton, Berkshire
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
St. Paul's Cathedral, London
Syon House, Brentford, Middlesex
Thame Park, Oxfordshire
Wilton House, Wilton, Wiltshire

Modern medicine has suggested the King's symptoms were the result of acute intermittent porphyria...

i think that this is such a brilliant movie 2 watch its such a brilliant movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie......
March 11, 2014
Superb performances, good direction, fantastic wardrobe and a great script help turn this very funny and also tragic film into a historical delight that really brings the period to life. A borderline must watch.
August 17, 2013
Very fascinating film.
½ July 26, 2013
The raving Hawthorne delivers a performance well-worth the raving reviews. And on an anecdotal note, the "III" in George's name was removed for the fear that US audiences would think this film was a sequel... :D
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