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The King and I (1999)

Traveling to the exotic kingdom of Siam, English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens soon discovers that her most difficult challenge is the stubborn, imperious King himself.

Director:

Richard Rich

Writers:

Oscar Hammerstein II (adapted from the musical by), Arthur Rankin Jr. (conceived and adapted for animation) (as Arthur Rankin) | 4 more credits »
6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miranda Richardson ... Anna Leonowens (voice)
Christiane Noll Christiane Noll ... Anna Leonowens (singing voice)
Martin Vidnovic Martin Vidnovic ... The King of Siam (voice)
Ian Richardson ... The Kralahome (voice)
Darrell Hammond ... Master Little (voice)
Allen D. Hong Allen D. Hong ... Prince Chululongkorn (voice)
David Burnham David Burnham ... Prince Chululongkorn (singing voice)
Armi Arabe Abiera ... Tuptim (voice) (as Armi Arabe)
Tracy Venner Warren Tracy Venner Warren ... Tuptim (singing voice)
Adam Wylie ... Louis Leonowens (voice)
Sean Smith ... Sir Edward Ramsay (voice)
James Fujii James Fujii ... First Wife (voice) (as J. A. Fujii)
Kenny Baker ... Captain Orton (voice) (as Ken Baker)
Ed Trotta ... Sir Edward's Captain (voice)
Tony Pope ... Burmese Emissary (voice) (as Anthony Mozdy)
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Storyline

Traveling to the exotic kingdom of Siam, English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens soon discovers that her most difficult challenge is the stubborn, imperious King himself.

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Taglines:

The Extraordinary Adventure, The Magical Romance, The Musical Masterpiece See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rey y yo See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,007,565, 21 March 1999

Gross USA:

$11,993,021

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,993,021
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a February 17th, 2009 interview on NPR's Fresh Air, Ted Chapin, President of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, said he considered allowing this movie to be made his "biggest mistake in terms of granting or denying permission" to any of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's works. See more »

Goofs

When The Kralahome shoots at the air balloon he goes from wearing a suit to his usual clothes and back to the suit again in a few shots. See more »

Quotes

Master Little: Oh! I get it, Oh Corporate One... we are going to be rich, aren't we?
The Kralahome: [sniffs] Well... I am.
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Connections

Referenced in Cinematic Excrement: Norm of the North (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello, Young Lovers
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Arranged by William Kidd
Performed by Christiane Noll
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Not Bad!
12 April 1999 | by caribiner23See all my reviews

My kids (preschool and first grade) wanted to see this movie ever since the promos started running. I read all the comments here, and in spite of them, we went to see it.

The kids loved it. They were glued to the screen every second and talked about it for the rest of the day. In that regard, the movie reached its target.

I was a bit disappointed, but certainly not to the passionate degree I've seen here. I certainly was not expecting a line-for-line remake of the Brynner-Kerr film, nor a remake of any of the dozen or so live productions of the play that I've seen. This clearly was an attempt to reach a new audience, a late-1990s audience that's seen years of _Aladdin_, _The Little Mermaid_, _Pocahontas_ (oddly enough, all long-lived stories that were messed with at some level in the interest of making a movie about them) and I think they connected on that level.

The animation was average at best, and Quicktime-Movie-running-on-a-386-bad at worst. Perhaps I've been spoiled by Disney features or the wonderful Fleischer material of the 1930s.

The musical numbers were buried under visuals that didn't match-- I agree with the other posters who complained about the scene in which "Whistle a Happy Tune" was sung-- and some of the 1990s devices such as the cute animals and the martial arts demonstrations simply left me longing to see the original film again.

But that's me.

I'm renting the original movie for my kids to see which they prefer; this is more an experiment in learning what reaches them as opposed to the appalled father saying "Good Lord, what an abomination! Watch this instead!" After all, they prefer Froot Loops to cantaloupe, and we all know what's better for them. :-) What we can do is introduce them to quality and see if it takes.

If you are reading this before seeing the movie, take all the comments in these postings in the proper spirit; don't expect a remake of something that's too wonderful to be remade properly (so why would a studio even consider bothering with a line-by-line/scene-by-scene animated "mirror" version?) but don't expect something lower than horrible. It's actually quite entertaining.

My rating: 6


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