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Anna and the King (1999)

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

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King Mongkut (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Syed Alwi ...
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Kay Siu Lim ...
Prince Chowfa (as Lim Kay Siu)
Melissa Campbell ...
Princess Fa-Ying
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Mano Maniam ...
Shanthini Venugopal ...
Beebe
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Lady Thiang
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Lord John Bradley
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Lady Bradley
Bill Stewart ...
Mycroft Kincaid
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Storyline

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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Drama | History | Romance

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,223,416, 19 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,263,420

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,733,517
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Trivia

The real King Rama IV, the King referred to in this movie by his given name of Mongkut, was the great-grandfather of the long-reigning King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, known formally as King Rama IX, who passed away in 2016. See more »

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After the fight between Prince Chulalongkorn and Louis, King Mongkut goes and investigates the reason for the fight; he sees Louis writing lines and his son just standing there. Chulalongkorn is on Anna's right while Louis is on her left. Later, when Louis is finished writing his lines he is on her right and the prince is on her left. 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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Jade Cong
Written by Simon Rowland-Jones
Courtesy of Zomba/Firstcom/Chappell Music
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Superbly acted and photographed
13 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Going in I had expected a solid performance by Jodie Foster and some nicely photographed scenes; what I got was much more. Chow Yun-Fat commands the viewers' attention whenever he is on the screen, fairly radiating a regal and aloof presence. There is a palpable chemistry between Jodie and Chow, something not seen in the actresses films since she squared off with Anthony Hopkins' Lecter. The script is solid and generally well-paced. Keen attention is paid to the dialog and interplay between the principals and the secondary characters, too. That they didn't actually film in Thailand, but in Malaysia never shows on the screen. The photography and costumes should be automatic nominees for Oscar. For that matter, both Jodie and Chow could comfortably fit in their respective nominee lists for Best Actor and Best Actress. Overall, a wonderful film and I'm really looking forward to the DVD in June!


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