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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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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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Release Date:

15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Ralph  »

Box Office


$34,002,045 (USA)

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When first discussing Ralph with the Prime Minister Sir Cedric and Lord Percival refer to the house of Wyndham (Windsor) and then indicate that the next would be descendants of the house of Stuart of which Lord Percival is one. The next would in fact be the Hanoverians. See more »


While this movie is fictional, King Ralph and King Cedric would not be titled as Ralph I and Cedric I. They are only numbered as such once there has been a second monarch of the same name. Hence Queen Victoria is not referred to as "Victoria I." See more »


Sir Cedric Willingham: We'll put the velour industry on full standby.
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References Man of La Mancha (1972) See more »


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29 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I think that people are generally harsh towards the nature of this film. It is not meant to be entirely accurate and yes, perhaps I am slightly biased having starred in the film myself (Jason Richards (I) on IMDb). You will see that I played the role of Ralph II, the little guy who played that tiny piano/ keyboard at the end of the film! Having looked at the film again recently, I regard it as one of those classic comedies not to be mocked. I had great fun when acting in the film and I had just as much fun watching it! John Goodman really is the greatest of guys (although the size of him really scared me when I met him!) I suggest to everyone who mocks this film, that this is one of the reasons he became so great in the movie world. If it wasn't for King Ralph, he would have never got to the Flintstones or any of the other films which have come to make him so renowned.

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