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The King and I -- This visual and musical masterpiece features Yul Brynner's Academy Award-winning performance, an unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score, and brilliant choreography by Jerome Robbins. It tells the true story of an Englishwoman, Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr), who comes to Siam as schoolteacher to the royal court in the 1860's. Though she soon finds herself at odds with the stubborn monarch (Brynner), over time, Anna and the King stop trying to change each other and begin to understand one another.
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Release Date:
29 June 1956 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
Best musical EVER See more (76 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)
Edwin 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 from their musical play)

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

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 stylist
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)
Pasquale Giovanni Napolitano .... set costumer (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 .... ballet arrangements
Richard Rodgers .... music by
Milt Holland .... musician: percussionist (uncredited)
Robert Mayer .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Michiko Iseri .... consultant: in 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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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)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2015) | Malaysia:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:G | Norway:7 | Peru:PT | Sweden:Btl | Thailand:(Banned) | UK:U | USA:G (MPAA rating: certificate #17864)

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Trivia:
The original Broadway production of "The King and I" opened at the St. James Theater on March 29, 1951, ran for 1246 performances and won the 1952 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Musical.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the children are being presented to Anna, one of them turns and walks away instead of backing away as would be expected and the King reacts with surprise. The child recognizes the mistake but then continues to back away; however, in the next shot as the next child approaches Anna the first child is seen to be in front of Anna again, this time backing away properly.See more »
Quotes:
Tuptim:Good day, Madam. My name is Tuptim. I already speak English.
Anna:And very nicely, too.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "M*A*S*H: Hawkeye (#4.18)" (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
Finale Ultimo: Something WonderfulSee more »

FAQ

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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Best musical EVER, 2 July 2005
Author: Cara from USA

Though I don't remember the first time I saw the movie it was a movie I grew up on. I grew up on Rodgers and Hammerstein and have loved all (but State Fair) of their movies that I've seen. And I have to say that this movie is their very best and the very best musical ever made. Yul Brynner was great and was very deserving of the best actor Oscar. I love every thing about this movie and it tugs on my heartstrings every time I watch it. Even know I know how it will end a huge lump comes to my throat as my heart sings when he dances with her across the room just wishing that they can be together some how.If a movie can move you like that every time, than it's top notch and The King and I does it best.

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