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Anna and the King (1999)

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The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

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Cast

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King Mongkut (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Syed Alwi ...
The Kralahome, Prime Minister
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Kay Siu Lim ...
Prince Chowfa, King Mongkut's Brother
Melissa Campbell ...
Keith Chin ...
Mano Maniam ...
Moonshee, Leonowens' Indian Servant
Shanthini Venugopal ...
Beebe, Leonowens' Indian Servant
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Lady Thiang, Head Wife
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Lord John Bradley
Ann Firbank ...
Lady Bradley
Bill Stewart ...
Mycroft Kincaid, East India Trading Co.
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This is the story of Anna Leonowens, the English schoolteacher who came to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut. She becomes involved in his affairs, from the tragic plight of a young concubine to trying to forge an alliance with Britain to a war with Burma that is orchestrated by Britain. In the meantime, a subtle romance develops between them. Written by Tommy Peter

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king | siam | 1860s | schoolteacher | children | See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some intense violent sequences | See all certifications »

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17 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£317,621 (UK) (17 December 1999)

Gross:

$39,251,128 (USA) (7 April 2000)
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At first, it seemed that the film would be made on location in Thailand, but even after script revisions had been made, negotiations between the production company and the Thai government failed. They could not reach an agreement about the script's final content, and the production was subsequently denied permission to film in Thailand. The Thai authorities maintained that there were still too many historical inaccuracies for it to be acceptable, and it was filmed in neighboring Malaysia instead. See more »

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The King's favorite daughter, Princess Fa-Ying (Melissa Campbell), dies of cholera. Yet she appears after her death with the rest of the royal family briefly aboard the royal steamboat as the King attempts to take the royal family to safety from the insurgents marching toward the palace. Then, after the ship lands, the King and family pray at a shrine to Buddha, and Princess Fa-Ying is again seen with the rest of the children as the insurgents approach from the other side of the river. See more »

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King Chulalongkorn: She was the first English woman I had ever met. And it seemed to me she knew more about the world than anyone. But it was a world Siam was afraid would consume them. The monsoon winds had whispered her arrival like a coming storm. Some welcomed the rain, but others feared a raging flood. Still she came, unaware of the suspicion that preceded her. But it wasn't until years later, that I began to appreciate how brave she was, and how alone she must have felt. An English woman. The ...
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A visual masterpiece
19 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

There are only two other movies I would consider to be worthy of masterpiece status: "Saving Private Ryan" and "Titanic." Now a third can be added to this list: "Anna And The King." "Anna and The King" is a true masterpiece that is filled with heart, soul and superb performances.

I was very impressed with the performance of Chow-Yun Fat because he made the transition from action star to dramatic actor flawlessly. Fat showed his versatility in playing a king. Fat pulled off this role with perfection. He made it so easy for me to enjoy this movie because of his screen presence and believability of the performance as well as the chemistry between Anna and the King.

This masterpiece can not be completed without the performance Jodie Foster turned in. Foster delivers the type of performance worthy of an oscar. She once again has established herself among the elite that have the special gift of natural talent.

Foster and Fat come together beautifully to bring the true story of the romance of Anna Leonowens and King Momokut.

"Anna and The King" is visually stunning in so many ways with beautiful settings such as the palace. Also, the costumes are well-made and suited the movie perfectly.

"Anna & The King" will take you on a journey that will touch, warm and fill your heart with spirit only a motion picture masterpiece can bring.


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