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The King's Speech

Paperback Newmarket Shooting Script

Screenplay by David Seidler

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  • Publisher: Newmarket Press,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 106 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 231mm x 10mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1557049815
  • ISBN 13: 9781557049810
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 522,327

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After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of his brother King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.As David Seidler writes in his introduction, "The King's Speech is about a great deal more than a speech impediment. It is about friendship. I'm talking about mentoring and support and a great deal of humor. We lose these deep, meaningful friendships at our peril."The Newmarket Press Book includes: A fascinating introduction by screenwriter David Seidler about how and why an idea that came to him almost thirty years ago evolved into the award-winning screenplayComplete Shooting ScriptComplete cast and crew credits

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A Londoner by birth, writer David Seidler developed a profound childhood stutter. As a result, George VI, the stammering King who had to speak, became a boyhood hero, role model, and inspiration for this film. Seidler's credits include "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," "Quest for Camelot" and "Onassis: The Richest Man In The World" (Writers Guild of America Award winner).

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Praise for "The King's Speech" movie: "One of the most pleasurable movies to come along in years, a film that makes your spirit soar...The screenplay contains two of the best-written roles in recent memory." --"The Wall Street Journal" "Digs vibrant human drama out of the dry dust of history...Writer David Seidler [does] keenly insightful work." --"Rolling Stone" "Previously known only to historians, the true story, as re-interpreted by screenwriter David Seidler, is enthralling." --"USA Today"