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The Madness of King George (1994)

Directed by:
Nicholas Hytner
COUNTRY
United Kingdom

GENRE
Biography/
Comedy/Drama

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Kongens galskap

RUNNING TIME
110 minutes

Produced by:
Stephen Evans
David Parfitt
Written by (based on his own play):
Alan Bennett


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
King George III Nigel Hawthorne
Queen Charlotte Helen Mirren
Francis Willis Ian Holm
Lady Pembroke Amanda Donohoe -
Captain Greville Rupert Graves
Doctor Warren Geoffrey Palmer -
George, Prince of Wales Rupert Everett
Charles James Fox Jim Carter
Frederick, Duke of York Julian Rhind-Tutt -
William Pitt the Younger Julian Wadham
Lord Charles FitzRoy Anthony Calf -
Fortnum Adrian Scarborough -
Papendiek Matthew Lloyd Davies -
Lord Chancellor Lord Thurlow John Wood -
Black Rod Jeremy Child -

 

Review

Playwright Alan Bennett's account of the ailing mind of George III during the later years of the latter's reign as King of Great Britain and Ireland is a grand and frivolous spectacle about mental illness, 19th century politics and mild scatology. With a fine cast and appropriate art direction, the film may not exactly transport you back to the early 1800s, but it certainly carries you away to the solid British theatre tradition in which the film has its roots, and director Nicholas Hytner's adaptation from Bennett's own play is rather smart. Nigel Hawthorne reprised his stage role as George III, and his accomplished performance is the obvious focal point in a film which is more than mildly entertaining and only marred by a slight whiff of superficiality.

Copyright 19.02.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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