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The king's speech - Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hooper

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Movie propaganda

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of Prince Edward VII's (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.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film King George VI biography speech impediment stutter therapist Lionel Logue Queen Elizabeth World War II abdication

Persons of interest

  • Colin Firth .... King George VI
  • Helena Bonham Carter .... Queen Elizabeth
  • Guy Pearce .... Edward VIII
  • Michael Gambon .... King George V
  • Geoffrey Rush .... Lionel Logue
  • Jennifer Ehle .... Myrtle Logue
  • Timothy Spall .... Winston Churchill
  • Derek Jacobi .... Dr Cosmo Lang
  • Tom Archdeacon .... Michael Collins
  • Tim Downie .... Duke of Gloucester
  • Dick Ward .... Butler
  • Mary Robinson .... Royal Nanny
  • James Currie .... Binky
  • Max Callum .... Royal Footman
  • David Seidler .... Screenwriter
  • Tom Hooper .... Director

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  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Golden Globes, USA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) 2011: Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Colin Firth); Nominated: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Geoffrey Rush), Best Director - Motion Picture (Tom Hooper), Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (David Seidler), Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Alexandre Desplat)
  • See also The Queen
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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

You don't have to be an Anglophile to enjoy The king's speech. Nor do you have to be a monarchist. Nor a lover of history. Nor a speech therapist. Nor an Imperialist. Nor a romantic. Nor do you need to be into war stories. Or period pieces. Or dramas with the occasional intelligent touch of humour. Or art-house films with quality scripts, starring big-name dramatic actors. Or sumptuous costumes. Or political tension. Or famous last words. Or movies that humanise people so far away in social status and lost to the mists of time that this is the only way you'll get to know them. But it helps.

The King George VI biography movie The king's speech is directed by Tom Hooper and stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter.

Government security censorship classification

M (Coarse language)

Surveillance time

118 minutes (1:58 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 December 2010

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