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King Ralph (1991)

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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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Storyline

When an accident obliterates the British royal family and most of its branches, a desperate geneological search discovers the next king: Ralph, a sleazy American lounge singer. Can Ralph measure up to the job, even with the help of loyal aristocrat Willingham? Written by Reid Gagle

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A great tragedy has befallen the royal family leaving only one heir to the throne... See more »

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15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Ralph  »

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$34,002,045 (USA)
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First top-billed lead-starring role of actor John Goodman(1st). On movie posters, the part was also Goodman's first sole name-above-the-title billing. See more »

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A "king of Finland" appears in the movie. That country is a republic since 1919 and thus has no king. It has never had its own royal house. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Regina Monologues (2003) See more »

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National Anthem of Finland
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Music by Fredrik Pacius
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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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