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
James Villiers ...
Prime Minister Geoffrey Hale
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Princess Anna of Finland
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Queen Katherine of Finland
Ed Stobart ...
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Gedren Heller ...
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King Mulambon of Zambezi
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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When Ralph becomes royalty, laughter reigns! 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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Trivia

Although Finland is not in reality a monarchy, it almost became one after independence was declared in 1917. Even a prospective king was chosen, but later the idea fell out of favour and a republic was created instead. Since the film clearly happens in a slightly different alternate history, the appearance of the Finnish royal family should not be considered a goof, but a rather erudite touch from the filmmakers. See more »

Goofs

Under English law, any child born to a Royal out of wedlock is ineligible to succeed the throne, which extends to the child's heirs. This can never be reversed, even if the child is legitimated by the Royal parent. Therefore, despite being the "only" surviving member of the Windham line, Ralph could never take the throne since his father was born out of wedlock. See more »

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Sir Cedric Willingham: It's not enough simply to be the king. You must look and act like one.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Regina Monologues (2003) See more »

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National Anthem of Finland
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Music by Fredrik Pacius
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An Underrated Classic
6 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although I own the DVD, whenever King Ralph show up on television I watch it all the way through. This is a clever satire sending up both the pretentiousness of the British monarchy and the crassness of American society. Peter O'Toole and John Goodman....both gifted actors give this film real depth in their nuanced performances. William Hurt's over the top performance as the villainous pretender to the throne is pitch perfect, and the supporting cast, including the aides to the King, the visiting Roals from Finland, the African King and Ralph's love interest are solid, leaving this movie without a weak performance. There is something in this for everyone; romance, betrayal, friendship, and a fast moving plot with just the right kinds of twists and turns that keep the pace of this relatively short movie moving right along.


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