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King Ralph (1991)

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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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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Comedy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Ralph I  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,327,550, 17 February 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,002,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,487,045
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was filmed during April, May, June, and July 1990. See more »

Goofs

In the establishing shot of Buckingham Palace at the beginning of the film, no Royal Standard is seen flying above the palace, which would signify that the monarch is in residence. Immediately following the establishing shot, it is shown that the monarch is, indeed, in residence and thus, the Royal Standard should be flying. See more »

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Sir Cedric Willingham: You might be thinking what name you'd like to use as king.
[Ralph whistles]
Sir Cedric Willingham: 'Edward' and 'George' have been popular this century.
Ralph Jones: What's wrong with 'Ralph'?
Sir Cedric Willingham: It lacks a certain... majesty. I can't really think of any notable Ralphs.
Ralph Jones: Well, sure... Ralph Macchio. Ralph Lauren. Ralph Kramden.
[Ralph and Cedric enter a hallway with paintings]
Ralph Jones: Oh, this is extremely nice. Better than I'm used to.
Sir Cedric Willingham: This is the picture gallery. Many of the people in these paintings are your relatives. That's the Duke of ...
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Connections

Referenced in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiny Bubbles
Written by Leon Pober
Performed by John Goodman
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Good fun
3 September 2006 | by 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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