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The King and I (1956)

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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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Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I  »

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$4,550,000 (estimated)

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$21,300,000
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Maureen O'Hara was originally meant to play the lead role in the movie version of "The King and I", but Yul Brynner specifically asked for Deborah Kerr. See more »

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Siam is portrayed as being at war with Burma in the backstory, but the last war fought with Burma was in 1855, seven years before when the movie story begins. See more »

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Lun Tha: Death is not worse pain than an empty life.
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Opening credits prologue: Siam 1862 See more »

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Referenced in Billy Joel: We Didn't Start the Fire (1989) See more »

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Finale Ultimo: Something Wonderful
(1951) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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The King and I: All About A Great Film ****
17 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner lit up the screen with this 1956 great film as English teacher, Anna, who takes a position as tutor to the king of Siam's children and along the way finds adventure and love, be it ever so brief.

A widow, accompanied by her son, around the time of the American Civil War, Anna soon finds cultural differences exist to a great deal between the two societies.

Yul Brynner, as the king, does a magnificent job depicting those differences.

The music and dancing are enchanting though Marnie Nixon sings for Miss Kerr.

Look for brief appearances by Rita Moreno as a young lover caught among the kingdoms social mores.

" Getting to Know You," a lovely tuneful song sets the mood for this charming, romantic, endearing film. Great picture for children as well. Be brave young lovers, so eloquently done, in a masterful production producing yet another Oscar losing nomination for Deborah Kerr. 1956 was a big year for Brynner. Besides this great film, where he received the best actor Oscar, he also appeared in "The Ten Commandments," and "Anastasia."


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