Films

The King's Speech

November 26th 2010
  • Drama/Historical,
  • R,
  • 118 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
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  • Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon, Guy Pearce, Robert Portal, Richard Dixon, Paul Trussell, Adrian Scarborough, Charles Armstrong, Andrew Havill, Roger Hammond, Calum Gittins, Jennifer Ehle, Dominic Applewhite, Ben Wimsett, Freya Wilson, Ramona Marquez, Jake Hathaway, Eve Best, Timothy Spall, Roger Parrott, Anthony Andrews, Patrick Ryecart, Simon Chandler, Claire Bloom, Orlando Wells, Tim Downie, David Bamber, Dick Ward, Teresa Gallagher, John Albasiny
  • Director: Tom Hooper
  • Writer: David Seidler
  • Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
  • Co Producers: Simon Egan, Peter Heslop
  • Associate Producer: Charles Dorfman
  • Executive Producers: Paul Brett, Mark Foligno, Phil Hope, Geoffrey Rush, Deepak Sikka, Tim Smith, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
  • Art Direction: Netty Chapman
  • Casting: Nina Gold
  • Costume Design: Jenny Beavan
  • D.O.P.: Danny Cohen
  • Editor: Tariq Anwar
  • Makeup: Frances Hannon
  • Music: Alexandre Desplat
  • Production Design: Eve Stewart
  • Set Decoration: Judy Farr

Storyline

"The King's Speech" tells the story of the man who would become King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George 'Bertie' VI (Firth) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded nervous stammer and considered unfit to be King, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Berkshire, UK; London, UK; Yorkshire, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Some language
  • Production Budget: £4.5 million
  • Production Companies: See-Saw Films, Bedlam Productions
  • Production Schedule: 13 November 2009 - 17 January 2010

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Trivia

2010 Guide Analysis: "The most obvious chance for Oscar glory next year for the Weinstein Company, this British/Australian co-production has a simply superb pedigree of talent involved combined with a story rarely heard about that should ensure something hopefully remarkable.

The teaming of Rush and Firth in any film is exciting enough, but with supporting talent in historical roles like Guy Pearce as the abdicating Edward VIII, Helena Bonham Carter as a young Elizabeth II, Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill, not to mention greats like Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon - it's downright pants-wetting.

David Seidler ("Tucker: The Man and His Dream") penned the multi-nominated Blacklist screenplay, while director Tom Hooper is coming off multiple award wins for the TV movie "Longford", the mini-series "John Adams", and the Michael Sheen film "The Damned United". The only downside is the concept of a guy essentially learning to publicly speak is going to be a tough sell to the masses, no matter how many 'overcoming adversity' platitudes it is cased in."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 December 2010: Greece
  • 24 December 2010: Spain
  • 26 December 2010: New Zealand
  • 27 December 2010: Australia
  • 7 January 2011: UK
  • 17 February 2011: Netherlands
  • 17 March 2011: Russia