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The King’s Speech


Documenting the incredible but little-known friendship between King George VI (Firth) and the speech therapist who cured him of a debilitating stammer (Rush), Hooper’s (THE DAMNED UNITED) film is at once an odd-couple comedy, an affectionate biopic and a stirring period piece illuminating a turbulent era of British history. As the Second World War beckons and the country is thrown into crisis by the abdication of Edward VIII, his younger brother Prince Albert stands paralysed before the wireless, his voice lost in a painful tangle of childhood inhibitions. Desperate, the Prince turns to Lionel Logue, maverick therapist, colonial intruder and unlikely friend. Their story is touching, uplifting and guaranteed to bring a patriotic lump to even the most republican of throats.
Contains strong language in a speech therapy context.