The King's Speech 2010

The King's Speech

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Colin Firth gives a masterful performance in The King's Speech, a predictable but stylishly produced and rousing period drama.

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England'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.

Cast & Crew

Colin Firth
King George VI
Geoffrey Rush
Lionel Logue
Guy Pearce
King Edward VIII
Timothy Spall
Winston Churchill
Derek Jacobi
Archbishop Cosmo Lang
Jennifer Ehle
Myrtle Logue
Anthony Andrews
Stanley Baldwin
Claire Bloom
Queen Mary
Eve Best
Wallis Simpson
David Seidler
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Geoffrey Rush
Executive Producer
Tim Smith
Executive Producer
Paul Brett
Executive Producer
Mark Foligno
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
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Critic Reviews for The King's Speech

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  • Feb 05, 2016
    A true masterwork of modern cinema laced with exceptional acting and a story which makes for a nearly perfect period piece. One of the best films of the 21st Century by far.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2013
    The Duke Of York hires an unconventional speech therapist when faced with Royal duties in the burgeoning media age to help him with a stammer that prevents his public speaking. The premise behind The King's Speech is a rather dry one and the trailers themselves make it seem to be a cross between The Madness Of King George and Pygmalion, but thanks to some winning performances and an interesting script portraying a behind the scenes window onto recent history it transcends the traditional comedy of manners formula that nearly all British films seem obliged to follow. Colin Firth's portrayal of a man thrust into the public eye by events beyond his control is sublime and it's fascinating to see a snapshot of the man behind a public face completely controlled by propriety and social convention. There's a real warmth in his unlikely friendship with a brewer's son from Australia and the gentle humour and subtle direction makes a very refreshing change from the ADHD firework displays that seem to make up the vast majority of modern cinema. Maybe not the masterpiece its multi-award winning reputation suggests, but a quality cast and sensitive storytelling make for a fine lightly comic and insightful historical character study.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2013
    Please spell me out the "clichéd" and "formulaic" elements in The King's Speech, because even if it is a doubtful Academy Awards conqueror, Tom Hooper built a proper historical account about the struggle of a man to become a symbol of national resistance in imminent war times that were about to shape the world. It has been accused of being "predictable" as well. Maybe that's because the story was based on true events? The art of cinema retelling true stories resides in the ability to properly, yet respectfully carry on the task of dramatization, one of the main successes of <i>The King's Speech</i>. I applaud the performances and the execution. Dialogue handling was impeccable, and the cinematography was worthy of a disciple of Carol Reed, capturing the size of the scenarios, the tension of the situations and the psychological difficulties faced by King George VI. I wonder, therefore, what would the opinion of the audiences be if this had been a film directed by Carol Reed in the 40s. Perhaps they would have been quicker to applaud. Do not let the debated Academy Awards be distractions to you. 78/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2013
    It's the sign of a talented director that a bunch of scenes of people talking (or stammering) in rooms can look cinematic.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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