The Madness of King George (1995)

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  • The Madness of George III Working
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Adaptation of Alan Bennett's stage play "The Madness of George III", set in England in 1788. When the king falls ill and behaves in an increasingly eccentric manner, doctors vie with each other to diagnose and treat his condition. Pitt, the prime minister fears that his government will fall if the monarch is declared unfit to rule. His rival, the Whig leader, Fox has the support of the Prince of Wales who wishes to be proclaimed Regent. Eventually, a physician reputed to be able to treat illnesses of the mind, is engaged to oversee the king's treatment away from the court, and some improvement is evident. When Queen Charlotte smuggles herself into her husband's chamber, she warns him what is at stake. He pulls himself together and hurries to Westminster to prove that he has recovered.

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