The King's Speech
King George VI
- If I am King, where is my power? Can I form a government? Levy a tax? Declare a war? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority because they think that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can't speak.
- Is the nation ready for two minutes of radio silence?
- Waiting for me to... commence a conversation, one can wait rather a long wait.
- [to Winston Churchill, on the hold that Wallis Simpson seems to have on Edward VIII] Apparently she has certain skills - acquired at an establishment in Shanghai.
- [to King George VI, upon his learning that Logue has no formal credentials] It's true, I'm not a doctor. And yes, I acted. A bit. Well...I recited in pubs, I taught elocution in schools. When the Great War came, all our soldiers were returning to Australia from the front, a lot of them shell-shocked, unable to speak. Somebody said, "Lionel, you're very good at all this speech stuff, you think you could possibly help these poor buggers?" I did muscle therapy, exercises, relaxation, but I knew I had to go deeper. Those poor young blokes cried out in fear. No one was listening to them. My job was to give them faith in their own voice, and let them know a friend was listening.
- My castle, my rules.
Dr. Blandine Bentham
- Cigarette smoking calms the nerves and gives you confidence.
- It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own.
- When God couldn't save The King, The Queen turned to someone who could.
- Find your voice.
- Colin Firth - King George VI
- Helena Bonham Carter - Queen Elizabeth
- Geoffrey Rush - Lionel Logue
- Guy Pearce - King Edward VIII/Edward, Duke of Windsor
- Michael Gambon - King George V
- Timothy Spall - Winston Churchill
- Jennifer Ehle - Myrtle Logue
- Derek Jacobi - Cosmo Gordon Lang (Archbishop of Canterbury)
- Anthony Andrews - Stanley Baldwin
- Eve Best - Wallis Simpson
- Freya Wilson - Princess Elizabeth
- Ramona Marquez - Princess Margaret
- Claire Bloom - Queen Mary