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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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Duncan Phipps
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Gordon Halliwell
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Prime Minister Jeffrey Hale
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Princess Anna
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Tommy McGuire
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Queen Katherine
Ed Stobart ...
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Gedren Heller ...
Punk Girl
Rudolph Walker ...
King Mulambon
Michael Johnson ...
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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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king | american | heir | entertainer | 1990s | See more »

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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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Comedy | Romance

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15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Ralph - O Primeiro Rei Americano  »

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$34,002,045 (USA)
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Trivia

In the film's source novel "Headlong" by Emlyn Williams, the Ralph Jones (John Goodman) character was known as Jack Green, becoming King John II instead of King Ralph. The character of private secretary Sir Cedric Charles Willingham (Peter O'Toole) was known as William "Willie" Millingham in the book whilst the character of cabinet secretary Lord Percival Graves (John Hurt) was called in the novel Sir Godwin Rodd, and nick-named "Sir God". See more »

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The same actor is shown portraying a food server during the dinner scene and then again as a policeman when Lord Hargrave is arrested. See more »

Quotes

Phipps: Sir Cedric! Sir Cedric! Good news. We've finally found an heir!
Sir Cedric Willingham: That's wonderful, Duncan. Who is he?
Phipps: His name is Jones. Ralph Jones.
Sir Cedric Willingham: Is he everything we've hoped for?
Phipps: [embarrassed] Well. He has his strengths and his weaknesses. You see, he's
[uncomfortable pause]
Phipps: American.
Sir Cedric Willingham: Quickly, Duncan! The strengths!
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tabula Rasa (2001) See more »

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Duke of Earl
Written by Earl Edwards, Gene Chandler (as Eugene Dixon) and Bernice Williams
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A hilarious culture clash of a film
14 July 2000 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

John Goodman stars as the title monarch in this royal comedy.

Ralph is a Las Vegas lounge singer badly in the need for some

moolah when a group of British councilmen approach him one night

and bear him the news that Ralph is the new king of England

after the whole royal family has been wiped out in a freak

accident! Reluctantly, Ralph takes the job. At first, he seems

like a fish out of water, the fact being that he is an American

first of all, and that he is also a total slob! Being king might

not be so good after all.

This movie is funny because Goodman does a nice job being a

lovable slob trying his best to be the royal figurehead of the

Britain. Peter O'Toole is also good as Willingham, the

aristocrat whose job is to look after the newly appoi


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