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The King and I (1999)

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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Anna Leonowens (voice)
Christiane Noll ...
Anna Leonowens (singing voice)
Martin Vidnovic ...
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The Kralahome (voice)
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Master Little (voice)
Allen D. Hong ...
David Burnham ...
Prince Chululongkorn (singing voice)
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Tuptim (voice) (as Armi Arabe)
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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The Extraordinary Adventure, The Magical Romance, The Musical Masterpiece See more »


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19 March 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le roi et moi  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,007,565 (USA) (21 March 1999)

Gross:

$11,956,538 (USA) (30 May 1999)
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Trivia

In response to the overwhelmingly negative reviews, the estates of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have declared that there are to be no more animated features based on their musicals. See more »

Goofs

When The Kralahome shoots at the air balloon he goes from wearing a suit to his usual clothes and back to the suit again in a few shots. See more »

Quotes

Tuptim: [holding a vase of flowers] For your room, Mrs. Anna.
Anna Leonowens: Oh, how lovely!
[Tuptim looks at poetry book]
Anna Leonowens: Oh, you must have something in return.
Tuptim: Oh no, Mrs. Anna, you will be punished for giving book to servant!
Anna Leonowens: [giving Tuptim the poetry book] Oh, nonsense, I'm a teacher.
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Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Swan Princess (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hello, Young Lovers
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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