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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:
Musical about a widow who accepts a job as a live-in governess of the King of Siam's children. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A musical classic See more (72 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)
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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 (film editor) (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)
 
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 by
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" - 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)

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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:
Anachronisms: The map of the world shows a separate Norway. It was not until 1905 that Norway separated from Sweden and became an independent kingdom.See more »
Quotes:
King:When I sit, you sit. When I kneel, you kneel. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!See more »
Soundtrack:
Something WonderfulSee more »

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A musical classic, 16 January 2000
Author: Minty-5 from Sydney, Australia

Known best as a musical version of 1946 FOX film "Anna and the King of Siam" starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison, "The King and I" often takes a back seat to "The Sound of Music". Whilst the latter is both my favourite all time movie and musical, "The King and I" is only second to it. Most of this, is due in part to the wonderful performances of Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner and a delightful supporting cast.

Musical characters have been immortalised by few in the time musicals were fashionable. A few would be Julie Andrews' Maria, Gene Kelly's character from "Singin' in the Rain", Judy Garland's Dorothy and James Cagney's George M. Cohan from the biopic "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Brynner, in his best and most defining role, has forever left his mark on the King, arrogantly fierce, so simple, so desperate, so true.

Although not a singer and well known to be dubbed by Marni Nixon, the 'ghost' favourite of Hollywood musicals, Deborah Kerr gives another beautiful and loved performance as the English governess, with son Louis, travels to 1860s Siam to be tutor to the Royal children. Her performance demanded character, command and charm, and Kerr managed to successfully combine all three in a memorable performance.

But it is the Rodgers and Hammerstein score that tops it all off. The element of the screenplay in the FOX movie adaptions was not always the strongest. Tentative and urging was "Something Wonderful". "I Whistle a Happy Tune", bright, calming and inspirational. "Getting to Know You" sets the mood of happiness, "Hello, Young Lovers" keeps a note of optimism, and the rich, lush score of the overture and throughout the film make it memorable. But it is "Shall We Dance?", a joyful song that I believe to be the best of the lot. Although it is melodiously challenged because of Gertrude Lawrence's low voice range, it is still one of the best of the duo's scores.

Cinemascope, used first in the first of the Rodgers and Hammerstein movies of the year "Carousel", provided opportunities to open up moments in the picture. On a widescreen print, only then can the real grandeur, splendour and colour of the enormous sets and opulence of the movie itself can be fully appreciated.

Despite my love for the musical, since viewing both "Anna and the King of Siam" and the new Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat movie "Anna and the King", the flaws in what was previously believed to be an accurate and true account of Anna Leonowens story, have unfortunately ruined the musical, both in Anna's life and the depiction of the Siamese court. The non-musical versions have been obviously more historically accurate, and the comparison of the three different FOX versions have all been noticably scripted to the fit the time of release.

But I have not yet allowed that to get in the way of enjoying a great musical. With "Anna and the King" as my favourite movie of 1999 of the moment, I hope it won't spoil things further.

Rating: 10/10

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