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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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Phipps
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Gordon
James Villiers ...
Hale
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Princess Anna
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Queen Katherine
Ed Stobart ...
Dysentery
Gedren Heller ...
Punk Girl
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King Mulambon
Michael Johnson ...
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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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15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Ralph  »

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$34,002,045 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Clarke Fountain at Allmovie states that the type of heir that Ralph Jones (John Goodman) is in this film is a "collateral heir". Fountain writes that "sometimes a family title, among the nobility of England, goes to the "collateral" heirs - people not in the direct line of decent, like cousins, great-nephews and the like. On rare occasions, these people are not even aware that they are about to be elevated to the House of Lords, and they have been living more-or-less ordinary lives. In this comedy, the family which lacks direct heirs is the Royal Family of England - as all of the likely heirs have died one after the other in swift succession". See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[a group of punks are watching the Royal funeral procession on tv. The lead punk notices his girlfriend is crying]
Dysentery: Since when do we give a toss about this kind of bullshit?
Punk Girl: Shut up, Dysentery! Where's your sense of national flipping pride?
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Referenced in Family Guy: Friends of Peter G. (2011) See more »

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I'm In The Mood For Love
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
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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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