• The Madness of King George (1994)

The Madness of King George

Release Date: 1994

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2001

PG-13 |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Aging King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte (Helen Mirren) and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger (Julian Wadham) attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett), from usurping the throne.

Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Dame Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Everett, Rupert Graves, John Wood, Amanda Donohoe, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Samuel Goldwyn Company

Keywords: Marriage, England, Fascinating, Transformation, Rivalry, Melodramatic, Doctor, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Madness of King George tells the story of the disintegration of a fond and foolish old man, who rules England, yet cannot find his way through the tangle of his own mind. I am not sure anyone but Nigel Hawthorne could have brought such qualities to this role. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Comedy and tragedy cohere in this extraordinary film of Alan Bennett's play. show more

  • 100
    Chicago Tribune

    Blessed with a biting script by playwright Alan Bennett, a veteran of the old satirical revue Beyond the Fringe, Hytner's Madness rollicks through its tragi-comedy of royal humiliation and political maneuvering, winking at the follies of today's royals and anti-royals as it does. show more

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Awards

Winner Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Winner Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)