MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 1,100 this week

The King and I (1956)

 -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  29 June 1956 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 17,094 users  
Reviews: 74 user | 33 critic

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 14 Jan 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 01 Oct 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The King and I" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The King and I (1956)

The King and I (1956) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The King and I.

User Polls

Won 5 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Anna and the King (TV Series 1972)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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

Stars: Yul Brynner, Samantha Eggar, Keye Luke
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
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell
Oklahoma! (1955)
Musical | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
South Pacific (1958)
Musical | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 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
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
Adventure | 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
State Fair (1945)
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day, both Margy and brother Wayne meet attractive new flames; so does father's prize hog, ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes
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
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has 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, expressing her unhappiness at being with the King. She attempts to escape with her lover. Anna and the King fall in love, but her British upbringing inhibits her from joining his harem. She is just about to leave Siam when she hears of the King's imminent death, and returns to help his son, her favorite pupil, rule his people. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

20th Century-Fox's crowning entertainment achievement! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

G | 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

Three musical numbers and two fragments were recorded, and allegedly shot, but subsequently deleted. They were:
  • "My Lord and Master" (a ballad sung by Tuptim shortly after her arrival in the palace)


  • "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" (a soliloquy for Anna, in which she comically expresses her anger towards the King)


  • "I Have Dreamed" (another duet for Tuptim and Lun Tha)


  • It was felt that "My Lord and Master" and "I Have Dreamed" didn't do much to advance the plot, and that "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" would make Anna sound too whiny and nagging.


  • An extra opening verse of "Song of the King"


  • A choral reprisal of "Whistle a Happy Tune."


All these numbers can still be heard on the soundtrack album, however. See more »

Goofs

When Anna is summoned by the king in the middle of the night (at around 1 min), the king's left hand switches between resting on a pillow and pointing in a book between shots. See more »

Quotes

Tuptim: Good day, Madam. My name is Tuptim. I already speak English.
Anna: And very nicely, too.
See more »

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 »

Connections

Version of Anna and the King (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Prayer To Buddha
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Rodgers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
So Many Happy Tunes
27 August 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The King and I has been my favorite Rodgers&Hammerstein show for many years. I love the score and the only real criticism I have of this film version is that it did not contain the entire score from the Broadway show. It also did not contain the magical performance of Gertrude Lawrence in her final role. But that was beyond the scope of 20th Century Fox and Darryl Zanuck.

The versions of The King and I that we usually see performed give emphasis to the role of the King. As Gertrude Lawrence was dying in 1952 she made a deathbed request that the billing on the show be changed and that Yul Brynner be given top billing instead of whatever female would be replacing Lawrence as Anna Leonowens. That was done and it has remained so ever since.

The role of King Mongkut of Siam became like Dracula was for Bela Lugosi, a part that no matter what else he did, Yul Brynner couldn't escape from. The air of authority he establishes as the King holds you and binds you to every move he makes in the part. I'm told that as good as this screen version is, to see him on stage was the real deal. The critical acclaim he got from the Broadway run no doubt led to him winning an Oscar as Best Actor for 1956.

Standing in for Gertrude Lawrence quite ably is Deborah Kerr who got one of her several nominations for Best Actress for this film. Unfortunately her voice is dubbed by that well known vocal stand-in Marni Nixon as is Rita Moreno as Tuptim and Carlos Rivas as Lun Tha the second romantic leads. The part does call more for an actress than a singer. Gertrude Lawrence was the very best of both.

So many popular standards come from this score, more than any other score Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II wrote. From philosophical tunes like Getting to Know You and I Whistle a Happy Tune and such romantic ballads as Hello Young Lovers, We Kiss in a Shadow, Something Wonderful and Shall We Dance will be done forever. Somewhere now on planet earth there is some theatrical company doing the King and I and performing these great songs. You can't also forget those that didn't make the cut here like I Have Dreamed and My Lord and Master.

The most interesting song that Dick and Oscar wrote is the solo for the King, A Puzzlement. It's very similar to the Soliliquy in Carousel where the song explains all the character motivations of Billy Bigelow. King Mongkut, a very real historic figure who wanted very much to move his country into the modern era, but his entire upbringing fights against his desire. A Puzzlement is a wonderful number that goes into the problems of governing and not just for monarchies. Listen to Hammerstein's lyrics, they are very much relevant today.

I visited Thailand in 1999 and learned a great deal about the country in those two days. King Mongkut's descendants rule today as constitutional and beloved monarchs. In fact this film which probably did more to encourage tourism to Thailand than anything else is banned in that country. Because it shows the king in what the Thais feel as an irreverent light. It is indeed a puzzlement.

The film has preserved forever one of the great Broadway shows of all time forevermore. Reason enough to see it and whistle its happy tunes.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Didn't realise it was a musical :^( svenrufus
Worst Acting Ever ho-aaron
How Did the king get sick??? Chicklet3182
Deborah Kerr Singing? love_you_hilaryduff
Shall we Dance sequence virginia72585
Two Songs Missing from the Movie betnj
Discuss The King and I (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page