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Traveling to the exotic kingdom of Siam, English Schoolteacher Anna Leonowens soon discovers that her most difficult challenge is the stubborn, imperious King himself.

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Anna Leonowens (voice)
Christiane Noll ...
Anna Leonowens (singing voice)
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The Kralahome (voice)
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Master Little (voice)
Allen D. Hong ...
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Prince Chululongkorn (singing voice)
Armi Arabe ...
Tuptim (voice)
Tracy Venner Warren ...
Tuptim (singing voice)
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Louis Leonowens (voice)
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James Fujii ...
First Wife (voice) (as J. A. Fujii)
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Captain Orton (voice) (as Ken Baker)
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Sir Edward's Captain (voice)
Tony Pope ...
Burmese Emissary (voice) (as Anthony Mozdy)
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Traveling to the exotic kingdom of Siam, English Schoolteacher Anna Leonowens soon discovers that her most difficult challenge is the stubborn, imperious King himself.

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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£135,385 (UK) (28 May 1999)

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ESP 116,716,382 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The original Broadway production of "The King and I" opened at the St. James Theater on March 29, 1951, ran for 1246 performances and won the 1952 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Musical. See more »

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When the king crashes the balloon, Anna is wearing gloves. When she touches his face moments later, she does it with a bare hand. Then she's wearing gloves again. See more »

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Louis Leonowens: [holding a crossbow] Hey, do these things still...
[crossbow accidentally goes off and narrowly misses Master Little]
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Arranged by William Kidd
Performed by Christiane Noll
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A shameless butchering of a great classic
18 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Warner Brothers has seen fit to butcher this masterpiece with a new animated version that is thoroughly awful. The producers have attempted to bring the story down to a kid's level by eliminating key elements from the original and introducing new characters that would make Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein both turn over in their graves. The King no longer has a harem here, and his 106 children have been reduced to a mere 8. The Prime Minister has been transformed into an evil wizard who uses a magic gong in an attempt to overthrow the King, and he is aided by a bumbling fat midget who keeps having his teeth knocked out. Then there is the onslaught of cute animals including a monkey, an elephant and a panther that constantly save the King by hurling mangoes at the villains. Many of these new characters are directly stolen from Disney films, especially from `Aladdin.' If all this was not enough, we even get a scene where the King rides in a hot air balloon that is powered by a panther riding a bicycle mounted to a propeller. And just to make sure that we have a happy ending, absolutely NOBODY dies in this version. Admittedly, seeing this was an animated feature I was fully expecting some liberties to be taken, but I was not expecting a rewriting of the entire story.

The film's worst moments come during the musical scenes. Some of Rogers and Hammerstein's music manages to make it onto the screen but it is handled in such a way that it makes your stomach turn. For example, the movie begins with Anna singing `I Whistle a Happy Tune' while a sea monster attacks her. The King sings `A Puzzlement' while being attacked by giant statues that have suddenly come to life. Then there are the kids that sing `Getting to Know You' while being stalked by the fat midget. At the screening of this film I kept sinking deeper into my seat and saying, `Tell me this isn't happening!'


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