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Multi-Oscar winning historical drama about King George VI’s relationship with his speech therapist, as both of them work to overcome the King’s stammer.
Prince Albert (Colin Firth) struggles to speak without stammering, especially when addressing large crowds or when speaking to his older brother – and heir to the throne – David (Guy Pearce). Albert’s search for a solution leads him to Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an eccentric Australian speech and language therapist.
After a rocky start, Albert and Logue begin to make progress and become friends despite their differences. When Albert’s father, King George V (Michael Gambon) dies, David ascends to the throne. However, the new King is forced to decide between his royal duty and his prospective marriage to twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson (Eve Best).
The improvements in Albert’s speech thanks to the help of Logue will be tested as the Prince’s role changes and more is asked of him. Similarly, the relationship between them is made difficult thanks to Logue’s unconventional methods and question marks over his qualifications.
The change in dynamics of the Royal Family means that Albert is trusted to deliver an important address to the nation, and it will require the two men to come together to ensure that it goes off without a hitch.