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King Ralph (1991)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  15 February 1991 (USA)
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As the only relative to take over the Royal throne, a down on his luck American slob must learn the ways of the English.



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Release Date:

15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Ralph  »

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$34,002,045 (USA)

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The film takes place from March to July 1990. See more »


They repeatedly refer to Ralph as the King of England. The Kingdom of England ceased to exist in 1707 during the reign of Queen Anne, therefore the last King of England would have been King William III. See more »


[reciting some rules of etiquette to Ralph on videotape]
Phipps: When in public, a royal personage must refrain from chewing gum, using profanity, picking his nose, scratching his p... p... p... p... private parts and staring down the bust lines of visiting female dignitaries.
Ralph Jones: What the hell! That's everything!
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Good fun
3 September 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This seems to get a panning from film reviewers here, but it actually is a good comedy. The story line is mildly stupid and a replay of the old fish-out-of-water formula, but the British were able to add a fantastic flavour to the film and the comedy is kept in check and doesn't become too outlandishly stupid.

Thumbs up in my view, but it's a little bit date these days. Superb supporting cast and a friendly film: nothing crude and from recollection, no bad language.

Goes to show that it can still be done if you really apply your mind to it!

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