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Based on Alan Bennett's acclaimed play, The Madness of King George takes a dark-humoured look at the mental decline of King George III of Great Britain. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his helpless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the time. Meanwhile, the Prince of Wales plots to take the throne from the increasingly unpopular King, whom many blame for the loss of the colonies, now The United States. However, the prime minister and his wife Queen Charlotte (Helen Mirren) are determined to prevent such a betrayal.
WINNER: Outstanding British Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Awards, 1995
NOMINATED: Best Actor, Academy Awards 1995
WINNER: Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Awards 1995
NOMINATED: Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 1995
WINNER: Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival 1995
WINNER: 42nd Greatest British Film of all time, British Film Institute 1999
"A model of historical accurancy and psychological tact."
- THE GUARDIAN
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