• The King's Speech (2010)

The King's Speech

Release Date: November 26th, 2010

DVD Release Date: April 19th, 2011

R |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

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: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Andrews

Director: Tom Hooper

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Bedlam Pictures, See-Saw Films

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Keywords: Fascinating, England, Quest, 1940s, 1930s, Rise, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 95
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    A direct and heartfelt piece of work. It's conventional, maybe, in its sense of filmmaking decorum, but extraordinary in the way it cuts to the core of human frustration and feelings of inadequacy, reminding us how universal those feelings are. show more

  • 100
    Bob MondelloNPR

    It's the relationship between the two men that makes the film work: Geoffrey Rush's teacher cracking the quip, and Colin Firth so persuasive as the panicky king that by the time he gets to his crucial speech about going to war, you'll be panicking right along with him. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    It perhaps started with "The Queen," continued with "Young Victoria" and now achieves the most intimate glimpse inside the royal camp to date with The King's Speech. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2011)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Winner Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Winner Directing
Nominated Sound Mixing
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)