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.
When Princess Elizabeth meets Lionel Logue the first time, she says that the President for the Royal Society for Speech Therapists warned her that Logue's "antipodean methods were both unorthodox and controversial." Antipodean can mean the exact opposite of something, or it can refer to the collective region of Australia and New Zealand. This movie makes use of both definitions: Logue was an Australian, he is portrayed as a rogue character whose treatments go against conventional wisdom. Director Tom Hooper played on Logue's Australian nationality and his unconventionality because he felt that the British have an aversion to therapy.
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.
When the Duke of York tells his daughters the penguin story, the view from behind shows each girl with an arm around a dog. In the next shot, with the girls shown from the front, their arms are down by their sides.
In the end credit roll, Philip Clements is listed twice as Assistant Sound Editor.
$355,450 (USA) (28 November 2010)
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