The Madness of King George (1994) Alan Bennett wrote the screenplay from his successful historical drama, which rehabilitated King George III from popular scorn for having gone mad and having lost the colonies in the American Revolution. The source of his malady was never understood, but Bennett subscribes to a later analysis that porphyria caused imbalance during the Regency Crisis of 1788–89. Nicholas Hytner directs this spectacular picture that won an Academy for Best Art Direction Award. But the heart of this movie is captured by the confrontation between Ian Holm, as an unorthodox physician, and Nigel Hawthorne, as the King, in a performance that is harrowing.
Mad King George loved his family
And all the little piggies in his colony.
What made him rant like such a kook?
Was it arsenic in his peruke?
One doctor scraped beneath a papule.
One doctor preferred the look of his stool.
One doctor restrained him tight with a screw,
Or was the royal piss actually blue?
Well rump, trump, ring-a-ding-ding!
America’s got her own mad King.
His doctor’s paid to do as he’s told,
While advisers hope to be paroled.
He wants to protect his property,
So he walls it in with reality tv.
What’s real is fake if he says it’s so,
And he should know, yes, he should know.
The wig hat now is oranger than the sun,