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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.

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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>

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I  »

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$4,550,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Leona Gordon was hired to augment the singing of Rita Moreno. See more »

Goofs

The map displayed in the class room showed a contiguous 48 United States, although many of those states, especially in the west, had not achieved statehood in 1865. See more »

Quotes

One of the King's wives: [Sees the bearded Ambassador] Oh! He has the head of a goat!
British Ambassador Sir John Hay: [holds up spying glass]
Wives: Evil eye! Evil eye!
[flee from the room in terror]
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Crazy Credits

The credits first say "Twentieth-Century Fox presents a Cinemascope Picture in Cinemascope 55", and then they go on to say "Darryl F. Zanuck presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The King and I'". See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Small House of Uncle Thomas
(1951) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Narrated by Rita Moreno, sung and danced by Chorus and Dancers
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Lively songs, fiery Brynner, very entertaining
25 February 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner give spirited performances in 'The King and I', a musical adaptation of Margaret Landon's book. Brynner in particular brings an athleticism and intensity to his role which won him an academy award. The two share an unusual chemistry. The film is dated but remains entertaining and ranks among the best musicals of the fifties. The music is very enjoyable with several catchy tunes which are well choreographed. I specially liked "A Puzzlement" and "Shall We Dance". Some parts are a bit corny but the film is still well worth watching.

Overall 8/10


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