Lionel Logue: Vulgar, but fluent; you don’t stammer when you swear.
King George VI: Oh, bugger orf!
Lionel Logue: Is that the best you can do?
King George VI: Well… bloody bugger to you, you beastly bastard.
Lionel Logue: Oh, a public school prig could do better than that.
King George VI: Shit. Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit!
Lionel Logue: Yes!
King George VI: Shit!
Lionel Logue: Defecation flows trippingly from the tongue!
King George VI: Because I’m angry!
Lionel Logue: Do you know the f-word?
King George VI: F… f… fornication?
Lionel Logue: Oh, Bertie.
King George VI: Fuck. Fuck! Fuck, fuck, fuck and fuck! Fuck, fuck and bugger! Bugger, bugger, buggerty buggerty buggerty, fuck, fuck, arse!
Lionel Logue: Yes…
King George VI: Balls, balls…
Lionel Logue: …you see, not a hesitation!
King George VI: …fuckity, shit, shit, fuck and willy. Willy, shit and fuck and… tits.
– The King’s Speech (2010), written by David Seidler
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is profanity, suggested by JasperLamarCrab.
Trivia: The MPAA gave the film an R rating, due entirely to the scenes where Bertie curses as part of his speech therapy or preparation for the climactic address. Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein appealed, but were denied. They later submitted a cut without some of the profanity, and got a PG-13 rating. However, the R-rated version is considered the Oscar-winning one, extending a string of R-rated Best Pictures from 2005 to 2010.
Dialogue On Dialogue: This is a perfect example of a scene that absolutely needs profanity. Why? So Lionel can demonstrate to Bertie how there are times, like when he is angry and swearing, where he doesn’t swear. In other words, it is possible for him to speak normally.
It also works on subtextual levels. It allows Bertie to vent some of his rage toward his lot in life, positioned to take over for the King, a job he doesn’t want with a stammer that will make him a poor leader.
Also the fact Bertie shares this moment where he lets his hair down acts as another step in the growing level of trust he has for Lionel.
Finally it is hysterical, the profanity making this one of the most memorable scenes in an Oscar winning movie.