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The King's Speech

2010 Drama

Emmy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (John Adams) teams with screenwriter David Seidler (Tucker: A Man and His Dreams) to tell the story of King George VI. When his older brother abdicates the throne, nervous-mannered successor George "Bertie" VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly dons the crown. Though his stutter soon raises concerns about his leadership skills, King George VI eventually comes into his own with the help of unconventional speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Before long the king and Lionel have forged an unlikely bond, a bond that proves to have real strength when the United Kingdom is forced to flex its international might.

Director: Tom Hooper

Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce

Reviews

  • The King's Speech is a warm, wise film - the best period movie of the year and one of the year's best movies.

    Amy Biancolli - The San Francisco Chronicle

    27 April 2013

  • Let's say it without equivocation: Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his lead role in The King's Speech as the stammering King George VI.

    Claudia Puig - USA Today

    27 April 2013

  • No screen portrait of a king has ever been more stirring-heartbreaking at first, then stirring. That's partly due to the screenplay, which contains two of the best-written roles in recent memory, and to Mr. Hooper's superb direction.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    27 April 2013

  • 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.

    Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline

    27 April 2013

  • Two men alone create an epic landscape of feeling in one of the very best movies of the year.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    27 April 2013

Awards

  • AFI Awards (2011)

  • Best Achievement in Directing

    Academy Awards (2011)

  • Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)

    Amanda Awards, Norway (2011)

     
  • Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic

    American Cinema Editors (2011)

     
  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases

    American Society of Cinematographers (2011)