Anna and the King (1999)
King Mongkut: [to Anna] When a woman who has much to say says nothing, her silence can be deafening.
King Mongkut: Until now, Madame Leonowens, I did not understand supposition,man can be satisfied with only one woman.
Tuptim: [to Anna] If love was a choice, who would ever choose such exquisite pain?
King Chulalongkorn: It is always surprising how small a part of life is taken up by meaningful moments. Most often they are over before they start although they cast a light on the future and make the person who originated them unforgettable. Anna had shined such a light on Siam.
Anna Leonowens: [to King Mongkut] Your Majesty, promise me... Promise me that I will see you again.
King Mongkut: [to Princess Fa-ying] I will be there in your dreams, as you will be in mine
Anna Leonowens: [to King Mongkut] Life is... precious, especially if you're a Christian and only allowed to have one.
Anna Leonowens: I would like to know why... , if science can unravel something as beautiful as music... , why it cannot posit a solution for a schoolteacher and a king.
King Mongkut: The manner in which people might understand such new possibilities is also process of evolution.
Anna Leonowens: Everything in Siam has its own time.
Anna Leonowens: [to King Mongkut] You cannot shut the world out forever. Believe me, I've tried.
King Mongkut: Why did you come back?
Anna Leonowens: Because I could not imagine a Siam without you.
Prince Chulalongkorn: Son of teacher is forgetting I am son of King.
Louis Leonowens: Son of teacher couldn't care less.
Prince Chulalongkorn: You will sit somewhere else!
Louis Leonowens: I will not!
Anna Leonowens: Louis, remember what I told you.
Louis Leonowens: I'm sorry Mother, but he started it.
Prince Chulalongkorn: In my country, man never tell a woman he is sorry about anything... ever! If you had father, you would know that.
Louis Leonowens: You don't have a father! You have a map!
[Louis pushes the prince]
Louis Leonowens: Louis!
Prince Chulalongkorn: It is forbidden to touch royalty!
Louis Leonowens: I didn't touch you!- I shoved you! Why don't you get one of your servants to shove me back?
Tuptim: I remember my first rice festival. People come from everywhere to see king. He bless all crops, and it begin to rain. I think he was a God.
Anna Leonowens: And now?
Tuptim: He is also a man.
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 first I had ever met.
Interpreter: Sir is married?
Anna Leonowens: A widow. Can you please explain to me why you call me "Sir"?
Interpreter: Women do not stand in the presence of His Excellency.
The Kralahome, Prime Minister: When presented to His Majesty, you and son will remember to touch forehead to floor.
Anna Leonowens: Your Excellency, although we have become better acquainted with your customs, we have certainly not forgotten our own.
The Kralahome, Prime Minister: Then how will you greet him?
Anna Leonowens: With the utmost respect.
King Mongkut: You are teacher?
Anna Leonowens: Yes, Your Majesty, I am.
King Mongkut: You do not look sufficient of age for scientific teaching. How many years have you?
Anna Leonowens: Enough to know that age and wisdom do not necessarily go hand in hand, Your Majesty.
King Mongkut: Presenting original pupil and heir apparent. Prince Chulalongkorn.
[to the Prince]
King Mongkut: This, my son, is your new teacher.
Anna Leonowens: It is a great honor, Your Highness.
The Kralahome, Prime Minister: Your Majesty, I believe there has been enough insult caused by this woman who believes herself to be the equal of a man.
King Mongkut: Not the equal of a man, Chao Phya. The equal of a King.
General Alak: [from trailer]
[to King Mongkut]
General Alak: These are dangerous times, Your Majesty. A foreigner's influence will be equally sore.
Anna Leonowens: Most people do not see the world as it is. They see it as they are.
Anna Leonowens: My mind has taken me down many roads of late. All of which lead absolutely nowhere. What would Buddha say of that?
King Mongkut: That roads are for journeys, ma'am, not destinations.
King Mongkut: Gazing at the moon.
Anna Leonowens: Yes, it is beautiful.
King Mongkut: As the sun rises, she will surrender the night, but she is always with him, even when he cannot see her.
Anna Leonowens: It must be a great comfort to him.
King Mongkut: Yes.
Louis Leonowens: Moonshee, why does the king have so many wives?
Moonshee, Leonowens' Indian Servant: That is an excellent question. For your mother
Anna Leonowens: You have the power to lead your people...
King Mongkut: Now is not the time to change the way that things are done!
Anna Leonowens: Well, if not now, then when? How many more people must die so that you might save face?
King Mongkut: [to Anna and Louis] The Royal Family: Twenty three wives, forty two concubines, fifty eight offspring, and ten more on the way. Each one unique. Each one my hope for the future. I understand your surprise. Not as many as the Emperor of China, but he did not spend half of life in monastery. King making up for lost time.
The Kralahome, Prime Minister: Heir to throne must never be involved in issue of bond-servent. It will resolve itself in time.
Anna Leonowens: Like my house?
The Kralahome, Prime Minister: You are learning.
Anna Leonowens: In my letter confirming my employment, Your Majesty, you claimed you wanted Siam to take its place among the nations of the modern world. You spoke of building something greater than yourself. A country where no man is above the law. Which is why I chose to come here.
Anna Leonowens: [to Lord Bradley] You raised your glass to him. You commended him for his vision. All the while, you were waiting to take his country from him.
Tuptim: [speaks in English] He wrote to me, to bid me farewell. Believing that I was lost forever on the inside! To commit his life in monastery...
Third Judge: [interrupts her, in Thai] You will speak in your native tongue!
Anna Leonowens: Everyone should have legends, I think. They allow us to dream.
Anna Leonowens: [to King Mongkut] Perhaps you should simply say what it is you're trying so hard not to.
King Mongkut: l have decided to give self anniversary dinner and invite important English nobles and diplomats.
Anna Leonowens: l don't understand.
King Mongkut: French lndochina grows stronger and more aggressive. But if l improve our foreign intercourse with your queen's special envoy, French will think three times before trying to undermine Siam.
Anna Leonowens: That's very clever, Your Majesty.
King Mongkut: As if to sound English bugles in own defense. You shall take charge of all formalities as Mem is obvious choice to make certain guests feel at home.
Anna Leonowens: But... the anniversary is when?
King Mongkut: Three weeks from yesterday.
Anna Leonowens: Three weeks? That's impossible!
King Mongkut: Mem... The egg is in the bottle.
Anna Leonowens: [ascending a staircase, arriving late for dinner, a little out of breath] Forgive me, Your Majesty. l believe the sun set a little earlier today.
King Mongkut: [amused] Mem. You arrange all this to influence positive future of Siam. And now you steal attention away from it.
Anna Leonowens: [shyly] Well, that was not my intention, Your Majesty.