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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 comedy of majestic proportions See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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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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In the novel "Headlong" by Emlyn Williams, the Ralph Jones (John Goodman) character was known as Jack Green, becoming King John II, instead of King Ralph. The character of private secretary Sir Cedric Charles Willingham (Peter O'Toole) was known as William "Willie" Millingham in the book, while the character of cabinet secretary Lord Percival Graves (John Hurt) was called, in the novel, Sir Godwin Rodd, and nicknamed "Sir God". See more »

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The same actor is shown portraying a food server during the dinner scene and then again as a policeman when Lord Hargrave is arrested. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Jones: Do you feel that being the king of a major nation is tougher than you thought?
King Mulamboa: Yes, it is difficult sometimes, what with the ceremonial duties and official obligations. But I'm quite pleased with the economic progress my country has made. We are hoping to be the first in Africa to market an automobile!
Ralph Jones: Oh really? I might be in the market myself soon. The Rolls just doesn't have that much "poop". This car gonna have fuel injection?
King Mulamboa: Oh yes, everything. Five-speed transmission, rack-and-pin ...
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References Man of La Mancha (1972) See more »

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Good Golly Miss Molly
Words & Music by John Marascalco and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell
End Title Performance by Little Richard
Produced by Jeff Lynne
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Great cast in a decent movie
12 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't sure whether King Ralph would be my style, seeing how much the critics panned it. But when I watched it, I was surprised at how much I liked it. It is not perfect, but one of the worst films ever? No, far from it. It is enjoyable, despite the sometimes weak script, uneven direction and one or two parts that felt rather slow and contrived. What redeems it though is the cast. John Goodman amiably bumbles his way through his role and gives some charm into a character that could have been bland and uninteresting, and Peter O'Toole and John Hurt seem to be having a whale of a time as the adviser and scheming courtier. Also, the film does actually look nice, the cinematography is good and the scenery is lovely. The soundtrack and score were enjoyable as well. Overall, it has its problems, but it isn't a bad film by all means. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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