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King Ralph (1991)

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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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Prime Minister Geoffrey Hale
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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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15 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Kung Ralph  »

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$34,002,045 (USA)
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Trivia

Julian Glover, who portrays King Gustav of Finland in this movie, once played the Bond villain Kristatos in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981). The name of the Bond villain in the Bond film Die Another Day (2002) was called Gustav Graves. There is also a character called Graves (played by John Hurt) in King Ralph (1991). Actor James Villiers, who plays Prime Minister Jeffrey Hale in King Ralph (1991), also appeared in For Your Eyes Only (1981). See more »

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The name of Finland's King is Gustav. "Gustav" is a Swedish name. See more »

Quotes

Lord Percival Graves: [after Ralph accuses Graves of undermining him] This is an OUTRAGE! A VILE piece of slander! I demand to know the source of these allegations!
Ralph Jones: We have the signed confession of a royal page, Gordon Halliwell, who worked with Lord Graves.
Lord Percival Graves: I know NO SUCH MAN!
Ralph Jones: And several cheques made out to the photographers who took the pictures, signed by Lord Graves. Whose fingerprints were also on the photographs.
Lord Percival Graves: So! I saw them at the ball!
Ralph Jones: And Scotland Yard found the negatives at his house this morning.
Lord Percival Graves: [...]
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Everclear (1996) See more »

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National Anthem of Finland
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Music by Fredrik Pacius
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A hilarious culture clash of a film
14 July 2000 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

John Goodman stars as the title monarch in this royal comedy.

Ralph is a Las Vegas lounge singer badly in the need for some

moolah when a group of British councilmen approach him one night

and bear him the news that Ralph is the new king of England

after the whole royal family has been wiped out in a freak

accident! Reluctantly, Ralph takes the job. At first, he seems

like a fish out of water, the fact being that he is an American

first of all, and that he is also a total slob! Being king might

not be so good after all.

This movie is funny because Goodman does a nice job being a

lovable slob trying his best to be the royal figurehead of the

Britain. Peter O'Toole is also good as Willingham, the

aristocrat whose job is to look after the newly appoi


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