The Madness of King George

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MGM Released 1994

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Director:
Nicholas Hytner
Released:
1994
Rating:
PG-13
The Madness of King George is a 1994 film based on a play of a similar name by Alan Bennett. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the film tells the true story of King George III's deteriorating mental health condition and its ramifications on the monarchy. As doctors use their relatively primitive practices to try and cure him, George slips deeper and deeper into insanity. Three different methods are used to try and cure him, including stool and urine analysis, behavior modification, and blistering and purges. George's relationship with his son, the Prince of Wales, is strained as he is exiled until his full recovery. Eventually George's illness abates, and order is restored to the English monarchy. Benett's screenplay makes apparent the humor in dire situations, and Hytner plays that to full effect. Starring Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Graves, Amanda Donohoe, Rupert Everett, The Madness of King George was nominated for four Academy Awards.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Madness of King George tells the story of the disintegration of a fond and foolish old man, who rules England, yet cannot find his way through the tangle of his own mind. I am ...

  • 100

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    By turns touching and funny, King George is the wittiest film in a long time, and anyone who savors the language will rejoice in its company. The cast is a top-flight representatio...

  • 100

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    Comedy and tragedy cohere in this extraordinary film of Alan Bennett's play.

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