The Madness Of King George (1994)

NICHOLAS HYTNER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom, 1994, , .  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by . Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1994Cannes Film Festival 1995National 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 () 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 ,  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.

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