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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duncan Phipps
Gordon Halliwell
James Villiers ...
Prime Minister Geoffrey Hale
Princess Anna of Finland
Niall O'Brien ...
Queen Katherine of Finland
Ed Stobart ...
Gedren Heller ...
Punk Girl
Rudolph Walker ...
King Mulambon of Zambezi
Michael Johnson ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Ralph  »

Box Office


$34,002,045 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Dallas Adams's final film before his death on August 29, 1991 at the age of 44. 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 »


Phipps: [after Ralph's odd meeting with King Mulamboa] I think he did pretty well, considering. It could have been much worse!
Sir Cedric Willingham: Yes, he could have exposed himself, I suppose...
Phipps: [phone rings, he picks it up] Yes?
[to Cedric]
Phipps: The Prime Minister for you, sir.
Sir Cedric Willingham: [picks up other phone] Good afternoon, Prime Minister. Yes... Oh really? Well it's a strange world we live in, sir. Yes, thank you. Good bye.
[hangs up, to Phipps]
Sir Cedric Willingham: The Prime Minister just spoke to King Mulamboa. The King said he couldn't remember when he'd...
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References Moulin Rouge (1952) See more »


National Anthem of Finland
Music by Fredrik Pacius
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Predictable but Hilarious
13 June 2004 | by (El Paso, TX, USA) – See all my reviews

I confess that "King Ralph" is one of my favorite movies. Yes, the basic plot concept of the film has been done in MANY stories, both written and filmed, but the superb acting coupled with the not-so-subtle jabs at British Royalty push the plot right over the top. Never mind that John Goodman is brilliant (as usual), but the well-done and loosely-serious role of Peter O'Toole adds a much needed anchor to Mr. Goodman's highly-anticipated antics. The filming locations of the film as well provide a truly beautiful backdrop to the production, steeped strongly in tradition and British heritage. Two thumbs up for this light-hearted comedy that dares to poke at some of the more serious issues of royal responsibility and pressure.

Highly recommended for fun entertainment, I give "King Ralph" a 9 out of 10.

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