The Madness of King George

The Madness of King George

DVD - 2001
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Based on the life of King George III, this is the story of royal intrigue, sexual indiscretions, backstairs plotting and a battle for power between Parliament and the throne, all occurring while the King is being treated for an unknown mental illness.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Video, [2001]
ISBN: 9780792849001
Branch Call Number: DVD Madness
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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ArapahoeChristineS Nov 21, 2019

With beautiful cinematography and a fascinating story, this movie about the "mad" king showed a heartbreaking depiction of mental illness and it's horrific treatments. If the king of England was treated like he was, I can't imagine how the average person fared. Sad but ultimately triumphant, this was a really good and interesting movie.

amyraeweaver May 05, 2019

After watching this, you might resent Tom Hanks' Academy Award win for Forrest Gump forever. Nigel Hawthorne gives one of the finest performances of his life as King George III, a darkly funny film about the monarch's life after losing the Revolutionary War. It really starts to feel like you're in an 18th-century castle--though you might not want to be, after this one.

Jul 21, 2018

Awful to be a king. So many people gangstalking you. Can't help your mental state. At least a king knows who is doing the stalking, and has officially been recognized by the community. Pity the person who is selected and tormented without being notified directly. "Life Of Brian" movie.

cals_readers Oct 24, 2016

Nigel Hawthorne convincingly portrays George III’s battle with his "madness." As his bouts of unpredictable behavior (probably caused by undiagnosed Porphyria) become more obvious the Prince of Wales (Rupert Everett) decides to usurp his rule. Every dramatic actor you have ever seen on the BBC is in this film: Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Graves, Adrian Scarborough, and many others. The King's Speech meets Wolf Hall.

susienor Mar 15, 2015

(insane_smurf seems to have chosen the perfect screen-name! I actually went through Kwarah's "Shelves" and found nothing "racist" or that has anything to do with hating the "[sic] british" nor any "offensive anti-[sic] brit comments on all he finds"... On the other hand, insane_smurf's comment are full of hate and attacks to his/her fellow patrons.)

Aug 19, 2014

I saw this movie because Rupert Everett was in it. I was not disappointed.

a5a22406 Feb 12, 2013

This what I refer to as an undiscovered gem of a movie. Terrific acting and a great story. Not boring at all, as I thought it might be, before I viewed it.

insane_smurf Dec 30, 2012

kwarah is a racist who hates the british & writes vile offensive anti-brit comments on all he finds.

Jul 10, 2012

Nominated for four academy awards, including best screenplay, it won for best art direction. In Britain it won various awards including best picture. Helen Mirren won for best actress at Cannes. All the acclaim was quite deserved. The writing is especially wonderful: clever turns of phrase, and at times very funny. Poignant moments, and yet a wonderful spoof of the monarchy.

Mar 18, 2012

Excellent dramatic and comedic performance by Nigel Hawthorne. However, the movie doesn't flow well. The extremely foppish portrayal by Rupert Murdoch, as Prince of Wales, and his sidekick the Duke of York seems at odds with the way Hawthorne and Mirren portrayed their roles as the Royal Couple. I understand the tension that the film was trying to convey between the King and his covetous son. However, in both costume and acting, the characters seemed like two separate films. Additionally, although Helen Mirren gave a fine performance as the loyal Queen Charlotte, her accent wasn't consistent. Midway through the film her accent seemed to change from high English to something "foreign". Until then, I thought she was of British heritage. When the accent was noticeable, I wasn't sure if she was supposed to be French (consistent with the name) or German, e.g. when she pronounced "we" as "ve" in one bedroom scene.

The movie did a good job of revealing the tortuous and bizarre notions of medicine during this time. However, it wasn't clear if the film wanted to portray Ian Holmes as a real factor in the King's recovery or not. He seemed quite stern and unfeeling toward his patient.

Porphyria, the actual medical disease the King suffered from, is finally revealed in a screen commentary at the end of the film. I think this would have been a uniquely interesting topic to delve into during the film. Instead, the movie only adds it as a sidenote.

Enjoyable enough but with the potential storyline, quality of British actors, location and costumes available, I think the director and producers missed the mark.

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cals_readers Oct 24, 2016

Dr. Willis: If the King refuses food, He will be restrained. If He claims to have no appetite, He will be restrained. If He swears and indulges in MEANINGLESS DISCOURSE... He will be restrained. If He throws off his bed-clothes, tears away His bandages, scratches at His sores, and if He does not strive EVERY day and ALWAYS towards His OWN RECOVERY... then He must be restrained.
George III: I am the King of England.
Dr. Willis: NO, sir. You are the PATIENT.

cals_readers Oct 24, 2016

Dr. Willis: I have You in my eye, sir. And I shall KEEP You in my eye until You learn to behave and do as You're told.
George III: I am the King. I tell, I am not TOLD. I am the VERB, sir, not the OBJECT.


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