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.
King George's first successful attempt at speaking is reciting Hamlet's "To be or not to be" speech. Many members of the cast have appeared in productions of Hamlet. Derek Jacobi played the title role in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980), opposite Claire Bloom as Gertrude. In addition, he played the Prince in over four hundred performances on stage. Jacobi played Claudius in Hamlet (1996), in which Timothy Spall played Rosencrantz. This movie also featured Rosemary Harris, mother of cast member Jennifer Ehle. Geoffrey Rush played Horatio in the Australian theater. Helena Bonham Carter played Ophelia in Hamlet (1990).
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.
Towards the end of the credits, it is written: "Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor' 2nd Movement Composed Ludwig van Beethoven", instead of Composed "by" Ludwig van Beethoven which is the case with the other music pieces in the credits.
In the end credit roll, Philip Clements is listed twice as Assistant Sound Editor.
$355,450 (USA) (28 November 2010)
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