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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King Mulambon of Zambezi
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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:

Kung Ralph  »

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$34,002,045 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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According to an interview with John Goodman in the article "'No Leading Man,' 'King Ralph' Insists" published in the 12th February 1991 edition of the 'Los Angeles Times', Goodman denied his new leading man status in this movie and said he was still just a character actor. Goodman said: "Don't call me a leading man. This is just another part, with a lot more lines. The only difference for me this time was that I didn't have time to fool around when I wasn't working. When you're the leading man, your meter's running all the time and you're always working. There's no goof-off time. But that still doesn't make me a leading man. I'm still just a character actor. Nobody's ready to call me Mel Gibson Jr., and I don't think anybody's ready to pay good money to see me get the girl in the movie. I know I wouldn't go see something like that". See more »

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At the hot dog stand the top of a Tabasco bottle is seen above the napkin holder. Then it disappears and Ralph has to go to the counter and ask for the Tabasco. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Jones: There's no problem that can't be ignored if we really put our minds to it.
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Connections

Referenced in Fresh Meat: Episode #1.2 (2011) See more »

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Duke of Earl
Written by Earl Edwards, Gene Chandler (as Eugene Dixon) and Bernice Williams
Performed by John Goodman
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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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