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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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29 June 1956 (USA) See more »
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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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Won 5 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (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)

Marni Nixon ... Playback vocalist for Deborah Kerr (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)
Don Keigo Takeuchi ... Young Salt Carrier (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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133 min
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)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2015) | Malaysia:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:G | Norway:7 | Peru:Apt | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | Thailand:(Banned) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17864) | USA:G (certificate #25656) (1979) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

The play was written for Gertrude Lawrence and her appearance in the film version was contractually guaranteed. However, shortly after the show opened she was diagnosed with cancer, and she died while still playing the role on Broadway.See more »
Continuity: During the song "A Puzzlement", the King's earring appears and disappears from his ear between shots.See more »
Anna:Oh, but this is a lie!
King:[in agreement] It is a FALSE lie!
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Movie Connections:
A PuzzlementSee more »


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36 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
A magnificent, emotionally packed unusual love story, 29 October 2000
Author: loykerr from Los Angeles

I originally saw THE KING AND I at the Roxy Theatre in New York when I was ten years old. My grandmother took me after a day trip to the Statue of Liberty, and I was expecting to see one of my favorites, Jan Clayton, the star of LASSIE, in the starring role.

When the movie unfolded I was enraptured by the beautiful redhead playing the lead and realized it wasn't Miss Clayton (whom I later learned had played in the road version of the show, and kids that age don't really know the difference). I went out into the theatre lobby and looked at the ornate program, which listed Mrs. Anna as Deborah Kerr.

What an impression this woman has had on my life over the years from the retelling of the classic tale of the British woman who comes to Siam to teach the king's children. It is superb, not only musically, but from a story standpoint holds up as the best of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals. It is essentially a women's lib story, which makes it as relevant today as it was fifty years ago when it premiered on Broadway.

The fiery, but compassionate Mrs. Anna who is at first turned off by the king and then charmed by him, and who little by little changes him from a near-despot to a man who can grow.

The subplots are fanciful, but lovely and, in the ballet of Uncle Tom, as performed by Tuptim draw a direct analogy to the unpleasant lives endured by Siamese slaves, in particular women. It does so with majesty and intelligence, no less so than Arthur Miller did in "The Crucible," contrasting the Salem Witch Trials with the awful McCarthy political witchhunts on Capitol Hill.

It is an extraordinary achievement, and it is shocking that it did not even make the top 100 AFI films a year ago. It is continually fresh and alive, and every time there is a festival or re-release it does well. Indeed, a few years ago it was shown on a huge screen at The Hollywood Bowl, with orchestral accompaniment, and it was a smash again.

My only regret is that Deborah Kerr (six times nominated for an Oscar) was not gifted with an Academy Award along with her co-star Yul Brynner.

It is a film that should be seen for generations to come.

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