Movie: The Madness of King George (1994)


“His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing, but he wasn’t quite there”

King George III (1738-1820) is known in the annals of British monarchy as the Mad King. He suffered from recurrent mental illness that caused him delirium and hallucinations.

A plot was hatched by a court faction supporting the heir apparent to have the King declared insane by the Act of Parliament and therefore install heir apparent as de facto King.

The film fictionalises the King’s struggle to come to terms with his deteriorating mental health amid his increasingly erratic relation with his son, the Crown Prince who leads the parliamentary faction wanting to declare the King unfit for monarchical duties.

It’s a funny and fantastic piece of film making. The difficulties of an all-powerful King with his waning health and tainted public image give it a sad, humbling tinge. Nigel Hawthorne as King George III has done a commendable job in his role.

Helen Mirren, who played Queen Consort, has established herself in playing royal characters (Elizabeth I in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”, Elizabeth II in “The Queen”, Countess Tolstoy in “The Last Station” etc)

Although it’s a low-budget Channel 4 production, and a bit old, yet anyone with a thing for old English and British royal history will enjoy it,  methinks. 4/5 is how I see it. IMDb Link


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