Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom, 1994. The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Channel Four Films, Close Call Films. Screenplay by Alan Bennett, based on his play. Cinematography by Andrew Dunn. Produced by Stephen Evans, David Parfitt. Music by Eliza Thompson. Production Design by Ken Adam. Costume Design by Sue Honeybourne, Mark Thompson. Film Editing by Tariq Anwar. Academy Awards 1994. Cannes Film Festival 1995. National Board of Review Awards 1994.
King George III (Nigel Hawthorne) is suffering from an unknown ailment that threatens to render him unfit to sit upon the throne of England. This is a huge problem considering that his ambitious son (Rupert Everett) is looking to overthrow him and may now have the perfect opportunity to do so. Helen Mirren is brilliant as the confused and exasperated Queen, who wants so badly to help her husband but has no idea where to begin, while also doing everything she can to make sure his monarchy is secure during his illness. Fantastic dialogue by Alan Bennett (adapting his own play The Madness of George III) is a plus, not to mention a great supporting cast that includes the beautiful Amanda Donohoe, Rupert Graves and Ian Holm as a surgeon with a militaristic approach to curing his sovereign. Hawthorne is the heartbeat of the film, and his performance is energetic, intelligent and unforgettable.