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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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The King’s Speech (2010)

The King's Speech

The siblings: Prince Albert, the future King George VI (Colin Firth) and Prince Edward (Guy Pearce)

What puts them at odds? The small matter of who will run the country after the death of their father, King George V. No pressure.

Bertie, the second son of King George V, never wanted to be the monarch, so you understand his frustration with playboy prince brother Edward, who enjoys the high life and causes a scandal by pulling the eject cord on the throne with the Wallis Simpson affair. The pair bicker about responsibility even as the newly crowned George VI struggles with his unkingly stammer and worries about the crushing weight of the royal gig. It’s the sort of meaty fraternal dispute and personal drama that nabs awards, so we imagine Paul Bettany is still kicking himself for passing on the part, which won Colin Firth an Oscar.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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