The "quack" who saved a king... Featuring a star-studded cast of Academy AwardÂ® winners and nominees, The King's Speech won the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award and is generating plenty of Oscar buzz. This official film tie-in is written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue--grandson of Lionel Logue, one of the movie's central characters. It's the eve of World War II, and King Edward VIII has abdicated the throne of England to marry the woman he loves. Never has the nation needed a leader more. But the new monarch, George VI--father of today's Queen Elizabeth II--is painfully shy and cursed with a terrible stammer. How can he inspire confidence in his countrymen when he cannot even speak to them? Help arrives in speech therapist Logue, who not only is a commoner, but Australian to boot. Will he be able to give King George his voice? The King's Speech tells an inspiring tale of triumph over adversity and the unlikely friendship between a reluctant king and the charismatic subject who saved the throne.
Long before he became King George VI, long before he became the Duke of York, young Albert, son of King George V and great-grandson of the great Queen Victoria but known as Bertie to his immediate family, developed serious speech defect. As a young man, Navy trainee, and royalty in waiting, the defect worsened to produce a shy, even retiring young man who would stammer severely on hard "k" sounds like the ones in this review title. As the Oscar-nominated … more