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Release Date:
29 June 1956 (USA) See more »
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More Than You've Ever Seen On The Screen! See more »
Plot:
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A wonderful musical that will be loved and remembered forever! See more (74 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Deborah Kerr ... Anna Leonowens

Yul Brynner ... King Mongkut of Siam

Rita Moreno ... Tuptim
Martin Benson ... Kralahome
Terry Saunders ... Lady Thiang
Rex Thompson ... Louis Leonowens
Carlos Rivas ... Lun Tha
Patrick Adiarte ... Prince Chulalongkorn

Alan Mowbray ... Sir John Hay
Geoffrey Toone ... Sir Edward Ramsay
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Abbey ... Guard (uncredited)
Robert Banas ... Keeper of the Dogs - in Play (uncredited)
Dennis Bonilla ... Mongkut's Twin Son (uncredited)
Thomas Bonilla ... Mongkut's Twin Son (uncredited)
Jerry Chien ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Nancy Chien ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Mary Lou Clifford ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Judy Dan ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Gemze De Lappe ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Amir Farr ... Sailor (uncredited)
Henry Fong ... Guard (uncredited)
Margaret Fukuda ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Yvonne Garosin ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Maureen Hingert ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Dick Kay Hong ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Linda Hong ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Warren Hsieh ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Daro Induye ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Capt. Orton (uncredited)
Michiko Iseri ... Angel - in Play (uncredited)
Dale Ishimoto ... Crewman (uncredited)
Kanna Ishu ... Dancer (uncredited)
Irene James ... Siamese Girl (uncredited)
Marion Jim ... Simon Legree - in Play (uncredited)
Misaye Kawasumi ... Dancer (uncredited)
Candace Lee ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Virginia Lee ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Warren Lee ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Jeanette Leung ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Fuji Levi ... Whipping Guard (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Whipping Guard (uncredited)

Joycelyne Lew ... Princess Ying Yaawolak (uncredited)
Eddie Luke ... Messenger (uncredited)
Stella Lynn ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Marco López ... Extra (uncredited)
Nephru Malouf ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Grace Matthews ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Joanne Miya ... Siamese Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Nishimura ... Dancer (uncredited)
Valentina Oumanski ... Dancer (uncredited)
Stephanie Pond-Smith ... Youngest Princess (uncredited)
Evelyn Rudie ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Kathleen Shoon ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Josephine Smith ... Guest at Palace (uncredited)
Alladin Soufi ... Sailor (uncredited)
Leonard Strong ... Interpreter (uncredited)
Marie Tsien ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Alice Uchida ... Dancer (uncredited)
Russell Ung ... Royal Child (uncredited)
Lydia Wolf ... Royal Wife (uncredited)
Jadin Wong ... Amazon (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Amazon (uncredited)
Dusty Worrall ... Uncle Thomas - in Play (uncredited)
Rodney Yee ... Royal Child (uncredited)
William Yip ... High Priest (uncredited)
Yuriko ... Eliza - in Play (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Lang 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)

Oscar Hammerstein II (book of musical play)

Margaret Landon (from the musical play based on "Anna and the King of Siam")

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John De Cuir)
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair styling
Hal Lierley .... makeup: Deborah Kerr (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eli Dunn .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Wah Chang .... designer: Siamese masks (uncredited)
Larry Haddock .... props (uncredited)
George Westenhiser .... assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound (as Warren Delaplain)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Carlton W. Faulkner .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... additional grip (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator
Ken Darby .... associate music supervisor
Oscar Hammerstein II .... lyrics by
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Alfred Newman .... music supervisor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Trude Rittman .... music arrangements: ballet
Richard Rodgers .... music byl
Milt Holland .... musician: percussionist (uncredited)
Robert Mayer .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Michiko Iseri .... consultant: oriental dancing (as Michiko)
Jerome Robbins .... dances and musical numbers staged by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Mrs. Boonuam Boonsaith .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
133 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm re-release) | 6-Track Stereo (1956 roadshow version)
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Trivia:
Baking under the hot lights on-set, Deborah Kerr lost over 12 pounds, and would often refer to herself as "The melting Miss Kerr".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In "March of the Siamese Children," when the crown prince appears the King greets him with his arms crossed. After the prince is presented to Mrs. Anna and starts backing away, a shot of the King shows him very proudly looking at his son with his hands behind his back. In the next shot, however, the King's arms are crossed again.See more »
Quotes:
King:Now, shall Mr. Lingkong be winning this war he is fighting at present?
Anna:No one knows really.
King:Well, does he have enough guns and elephants for transporting things?
Anna:I don't think they have elephants in America, your majesty.
King:No elephants? No wonder he is not winning war!
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Soundtrack:
Hello,Young LoversSee more »

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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful musical that will be loved and remembered forever!, 21 December 1999
Author: Eva Ionesco from Sydney, Australia

In the 1860's Mrs Anna Owens was appointed by the King of Siam as the teacher of his children. He wanted to give them (and himself) a "modern" education, to impress visiting dignitaries with how up-to-date he was, so that they would accept him as a world leader, like them. He thought it would be a simple communication of knowledge and understanding, like someone learning a new set of jargon.

This naive and misguided motive, seeking to impress without really wanting modernity, produced a clash of cultures. Fortunately for all of us (and especially for the film industry) Anna kept a scrupulous and detailed diary of the whole affair. It was made into a film starring Rex Harrison, which was rather more historically accurate than this musical version, and was a very appealing film in many ways.

This film, however, has become legendary. Although it is based on the principle "Never let historical facts get in the way of a great musical", that doesn't matter at all, because it is a truly great and deeply moving romantic musical film. For example, has there ever been a more loving love-song than "Something Wonderful", which the king's number one wife sings in explanation of her devotion to him? I seriously doubt it! It's one of the best-written songs of all time, and could only have been written by someone who truly understood love!

The simple charm and joyful exuberance of "Getting to Know You", the unforgettable "Hello Young Lovers" which is a message of hope and encouragement to all those who love under difficult circumstances, "Whistle a Happy Tune" which helps when we are frightened and alone, and all the other songs have become famous.

Yul Brynner, who had been a relatively unknown bit-part actor with hair, shaved his head and gave a towering performance for the part, then spent the rest of his life basking in the glory of that one role! Deborah Kerr, who had given so many exquisite performances in so many films, also rose to the occasion in this one. Rita Moreno, who was a pin-up girl as well as one of the world's greatest actresses, is beautiful as the runaway slave.

It's a film that everyone must see at least once, especially now that they've put out a restored version. I've given it 10 out of ten.

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