7.5/10
19,362
85 user 33 critic

The King and I (1956)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 29 June 1956 (USA)
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
3,611 ( 712)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

South Pacific (1958)
Musical | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr
Oklahoma! (1955)
Musical | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter
Carousel (1956)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Billy Bigelow has been dead for fifteen years, and now outside the pearly gates, he long waived his right to go back to Earth for a day. But he has heard that there is a problem with his ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell
The Music Man (1962)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta
Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards
Anna and the King (TV Series 1972)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A stern schoolteacher clashes with an aristocratic 19th-century king.

Stars: Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar, Keye Luke
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Jodie Foster, Yun-Fat Chow, Bai Ling
Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the great sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, who rises to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern
Anastasia (1956)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Martin Benson ...
Terry Saunders ...
Rex Thompson ...
Carlos Rivas ...
Patrick Adiarte ...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has been contracted to teach English to the children of the royal household. She threatens to leave when the house she had been promised is not available, but falls in love with the children. A new slave, a gift of a vassal king, translates "Uncle Tom's Cabin" into a Siamese ballet. After expressing her unhappiness at being with the King, the slave decides to make an attempt to escape with her lover. Anna and the King start to fall in love, but her headstrong upbringing inhibits her from joining his harem. She is just about to leave Siam but something important she finds out makes her think about changing her mind. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

More than your eyes have ever seen... More than your heart has ever known! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

29 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,550,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)| (70 mm re-release)| (1956 roadshow version)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Yul Brynner is the only actor to have played a lead role in a Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II production both on the stage and on the screen, winning a Tony and an Oscar, respectively. See more »

Goofs

The map of the world prominently visible in the classroom shows parts of the Arctic and Antarctic regions that hadn't yet been explored or mapped in 1862. See more »

Quotes

Anna: Then how do you explain, your majesty, that many men remain faithful to only one wife?
King: They are sick
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Siam 1862 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Getting To Know You
(1951) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Deborah Kerr (singing dubbed by Marni Nixon) and Chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A magnificent, emotionally packed unusual love story
29 October 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I originally saw THE KING AND I at the Roxy Theatre in New York when I was ten years old. My grandmother took me after a day trip to the Statue of Liberty, and I was expecting to see one of my favorites, Jan Clayton, the star of LASSIE, in the starring role.

When the movie unfolded I was enraptured by the beautiful redhead playing the lead and realized it wasn't Miss Clayton (whom I later learned had played in the road version of the show, and kids that age don't really know the difference). I went out into the theatre lobby and looked at the ornate program, which listed Mrs. Anna as Deborah Kerr.

What an impression this woman has had on my life over the years from the retelling of the classic tale of the British woman who comes to Siam to teach the king's children. It is superb, not only musically, but from a story standpoint holds up as the best of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals. It is essentially a women's lib story, which makes it as relevant today as it was fifty years ago when it premiered on Broadway.

The fiery, but compassionate Mrs. Anna who is at first turned off by the king and then charmed by him, and who little by little changes him from a near-despot to a man who can grow.

The subplots are fanciful, but lovely and, in the ballet of Uncle Tom, as performed by Tuptim draw a direct analogy to the unpleasant lives endured by Siamese slaves, in particular women. It does so with majesty and intelligence, no less so than Arthur Miller did in "The Crucible," contrasting the Salem Witch Trials with the awful McCarthy political witchhunts on Capitol Hill.

It is an extraordinary achievement, and it is shocking that it did not even make the top 100 AFI films a year ago. It is continually fresh and alive, and every time there is a festival or re-release it does well. Indeed, a few years ago it was shown on a huge screen at The Hollywood Bowl, with orchestral accompaniment, and it was a smash again.

My only regret is that Deborah Kerr (six times nominated for an Oscar) was not gifted with an Academy Award along with her co-star Yul Brynner.

It is a film that should be seen for generations to come.


36 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Didn't realise it was a musical :^( svenrufus
How Did the king get sick??? Chicklet3182
Shall we Dance sequence virginia72585
Two Songs Missing from the Movie betnj
Deborah Kerr Singing? love_you_hilaryduff
The three deleted numbers from this film. dove100scott
Discuss The King and I (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page