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Candidates for president and prime minister choose to run, but kings rarely have a choice. Such was the case for Prince Albert, known by family members as Bertie (Colin Firth), whose stutter made public speaking difficult. Upon the death of his father, George V (Michael Gambon, making the most of a small part), the crown went to Bertie's brother, Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), who abdicated to marry divorcée Wallis Simpson. All the while, Bertie and his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter, excellent), try to find a solution to his stammer. Nothing works until they meet Australian émigré Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), a failed actor operating out of a threadbare office. He believes Bertie's problem stems from emotional rather than physiological issues, leading to a clash of wills that allows the Oscar®-winning Rush (Shine) and the Oscar-nominated Firth (A Single Man) to do some of their best work (in a neat bit of casting, Firth'sPride and Prejudicecostar, Jennifer Ehle, plays Logue's wife). All their efforts, from the tense to the comic--Bertie doesn't stutter when he swears--lead to the speech King George VI must make to the British public on the eve of World War II. At a time when his country needs him the most, he can't afford to fail. As Stephen Frears did inThe Queen, Tom Hooper (HBO'sElizabeth I) lends vulnerability to a royal figure, showing how isolating that life can be--and how much difference a no-nonsense friend like Logue can make.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
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CastHelena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce
DirectorTom Hooper
Screen WriterDavid Seidler
DVD Release Date:  April 19, 2011
Runtime:  119 minutes
Studio:  The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment
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review by . May 29, 2011
I originally saw The King's Speech in theatres not long before the Oscar ceremony at which the movie took home three of the top awards (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor). I was happy to be able to cheer for it on Oscar night, knowing first-hand that it was the best movie of the year. I knew then that I would own it on DVD because it is one of those movies you can enjoy multiple times.    The King's Speech, based on a true story, begins while King George V is still on …
review by . August 14, 2011
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   I love Colin Firth and had this film on my radar. The royal life is always fascinating and of course the time frame, pre-WWII was of interest, so I finally took the plunge and rented a copy. I knew it was about a stuttering monarch and had read just enough to know that he used some inventive tools to overcome his situation when required to speak publicly.      I didn’t expect the movie to be so charmingly quirky though. And quirk is a hot button for me so I …
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