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THE KING'S SPEECH
USA: The Weinstein Company
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Gambon, Calum Gittins, Dominic Applewhite, Ben Wimsett, Richard Dixon, Robert Portal, Paul Trussell, Adrian Scarborough, Charles Armstrong, Roger Hammond
Director: Tom Hooper
Countries: UK / Australia
USA: 111 mins
UK: 118 mins
USA Rated: R for some language
UK Certificate: 12A contains strong language in a speech therapy context
USA Release Date: 1 April 2011 (Re-release)
USA Release Date: 25 December 2010
USA Release Date: 26 November 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 7 January 2011
THE KING'S SPEECH is based on the true story of Queen Elizabeth II's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick speech therapist Lionel Logue. Fascinating, moving and often humorous it charts the personal relationship that developed between England’s reluctant King George VI, plagued by a nervous stammer, and his irreverent Australian speech therapist.
As the second son of George V, Prince Albert “Bertie” was not expected to ascend to the throne, but when his brother Edward abdicates to marry American Wallis Simpson, Bertie, as his successor, is crowned King George VI.
George becomes King as radio is taking off as a mass medium and the Second World War looms. Thrust into the international spotlight he must speak not only to the nation but to the people of the British Empire, across the world. His wife, Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, is tireless in her belief in him. Having tried all the traditional doctors she engages unorthodox outsider, Logue, to help him find a voice that can inspire a nation on the brink of war.