R | | Biography, Drama, History
The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.
Derek Jacobi previously portrayed a monarch who struggled with speech problems in the BBC TV miniseries I, Claudius (1976). Jacobi also played another stutterer, Alan Turing (an Allied genius in WWII), in the play/TV-movie Breaking the Code (1996). Jacobi also starred in Dead Again (1991), in which a character's stammer plays a role in the plot.
1925 / King George V reigns over a quarter of the world's people. He asks his second son, the Duke of York, to give the closing speech at the Empire Exhibition in Wembley, London.
In the final speech, King George VI has one blue eye and one brown eye. Colin Firth had lost a contact lens.
In the end credit roll, Philip Clements is listed twice as Assistant Sound Editor.
$355,450 (USA) (28 November 2010)
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