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Is the movie The King's Speech (2010) based on a true story?

Avery Davis Avery Davis Feb 08, 2018 · 2 mins read
Is the movie The King's Speech (2010) based on a true story?
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Yes, The King’s Speech is based on a true story. It tells the story of King George VI of England and his struggle to overcome his stutter with the help of speech therapist Lionel Logue, leading up to his important radio address at the beginning of World War II.

What is the true story behind the movie The King's Speech (2010)?

The King’s Speech is a historic drama movie directed by Tom Hooper in 2010. The movie is based on the life of King George VI, who was the king of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 1936 to 1952. The story is about his struggle with stuttering and his relationship with his speech therapist, Lionel Logue.

The movie takes place during the 1930s when the British Empire was facing a crisis, and King George VI (played by Colin Firth) was struggling with a severe stutter that affected his speeches to the public. Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush) was a speech therapist who helped the king overcome his speech impediment with unconventional techniques and built a strong relationship with him. Together, they worked to prepare the king’s famous wartime speech.

While the basic premise of the movie is true, there were some creative liberties taken with the story. For example, the relationship between the king and Logue was not as close as depicted in the movie. Logue was more of a professional who helped the king overcome his speech problems.

Another deviation from history was that the famous wartime speech was not given in 1939, as depicted in the movie. It was actually given in September 1939, after the declaration of war against Germany.

Nonetheless, The King’s Speech was widely acclaimed by critics and audiences, winning numerous awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor at the 83rd Academy Awards. The movie helped raise awareness of the struggle of those who stutter and showcased the importance of speech therapy in helping people overcome such speech impediments.

Are there any books about the true story behind the movie The King's Speech (2010)?

Yes, there are several books about the true story behind the movie The King’s Speech (2010), including:

  1. The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
  2. The King’s Speech: Based on the Recently Discovered Diaries of Lionel Logue by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
  3. King George VI: The Man Behind the King’s Speech by D.J. Taylor
  4. Bertie: A Life of Edward VII’s Heir by Jane Ridley
  5. The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Lady Colin Campbell.

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