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 portrayed a monarch who struggled with speech problems in I, Claudius (1976). Jacobi played another stutterer, Alan Turing (an Allied genius in World War II), in 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 a brief scene at the end of the film, a small group of factory workers are listening to the speech on the radio. The speech was broadcast at 6pm on a Sunday, when factories would be likely be closed. If the factory was operating, workers would be unlikely to stop for a short radio broadcast. If they did stop, a much bigger crowd of people would be gathered around the radio.
In the end credit roll, Philip Clements is listed twice as Assistant Sound Editor.
$355,450 (USA) (28 November 2010)
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