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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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Release Date:

15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kung Ralph  »

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$34,002,045 (USA)

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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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9 October 2003 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

It's not stupid, it's charming. A bit old-fashioned and corny, yes, but entertaining and amusing and well worth the time! I just saw this for the second time on cable TV and liked it just as much as the first time!

Goodman performs bravely and exquisitely as the good-hearted buffoon who overcomes the stuffiness and snobbishness of a group of bluebloods too good for their own bodily functions.

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