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The King and I (1956)

G  |   |  Biography, Drama, Musical  |  29 June 1956 (USA)
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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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The Fabulous Broadway Stage Success Comes to the Screen! See more »


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29 June 1956 (USA)  »

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I  »

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$4,550,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)| (70 mm re-release)| (1956 roadshow version)

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Trivia

According to Maureen O'Hara's autobiography, 20th Century Fox had actually cast her for the starring role, but Richard Rodgers objected and said "I won't have that pirate queen playing our Anna." See more »

Goofs

During the song "A Puzzlement", the King's earring appears and disappears from his ear between shots. See more »

Quotes

Anna: In your house she's just another woman. Like a bowl of rice is a bowl of rice no different from any other bowl of rice.
King: Now you understand about women! So, many English books talk about love etc etc etc ha!
Anna: You disapprove?
King: It is a silly complication of a general simplicity. A woman is designed for pleasing man that is all. A man is deigned to be pleased by many women
Anna: Then how do you explain, your majesty, that many men remain faithful to one wife
King: They are sick.
Anna: Oh, but you do expect women to be...
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Opening credits prologue: Siam 1862 See more »

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Soundtracks

Finale Ultimo: Something Wonderful
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Chorus
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A Hollywood fairy tale
25 June 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Having read most of the comments on this picture, I was astonished to see how little understood this classic musical is. Yes, it takes place in 19th century Siam, but it is a fairy tale Siam in the same sense as the fairy tale Paris in An American in Paris. It is not supposed to be a true representation of Asian life. Wake up, Folks! Its a Hollywood adaptation of a Broadway musical! Let's leave the realism to Phat and Foster.

This picture, with its infectious score and dynamic performances, is one of the best of its genre. Who can fail to see the sexual tension between the two leads? Who can not marvel at the entrance of the royal children (check out Brynner's different reaction to each child). How can one not applaud the fantastic House of Uncle Thomas performance at the diplomatic dinner. How can your heart not reel to Shall We Dance?

This is old-line Hollywood at its very best, and may be the last truly great musical. Check your historical, racial, and PC hats at the door and don't miss it!


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