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Story

Nicholas Hytner had an international stage phenomenon with Alan Bennett's play The Madness of King George, starring Nigel Hawthorne as King George III, the British monarch who lost the American colonies. But in this film adaptation, Hytner unfortunately yields to the old temptation to "open up" the piece with lots of arbitrary exteriors, rushed set pieces, choppy editing, and so on, robbing Hawthorne's acclaimed stage performance of coherency and power on the big screen. Viewers are forced to fill in emotional gaps for themselves (and try to imagine what Bennett's work must have looked and felt like originally), and the whole enterprise has a pseudo-cinematic, self-congratulatory air. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Nigel HawthorneKing George III
Helen MirrenQueen Charlotte
Ian HolmDr. Francis Willis
Rupert GravesRobert Fulke Greville
Amanda DonohoeLady Elizabeth Pembroke
Rupert EverettPrince of Wales
Julian Rhind-TuttFrederick
Julian WadhamWilliam Pitt Jr.
Jim CarterCharles James Fox
Geoffrey PalmerWarren
Anthony CalfFitzroy
Adrian ScarboroughFortnum
John WoodThurlow
Struan RodgerDundas
Roger HammondBaker

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Nicholas Hytner
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 28, 1994
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 5, 2001
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