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Anna and the King (1999) Poster

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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.

King Mongkut: I never danced with an Englishwoman before, mem.

Anna Leonowens: Nor I with a king.

[last lines]

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] Life is... precious, especially if you're a Christian and only allowed to have one.

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: [to Anna] If love was a choice, who would ever choose such exquisite pain?

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.

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.

Anna Leonowens: [to King Mongkut] You cannot shut the world out forever. Believe me, I've tried.

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: [to Anna] Mother, what's a concubine?

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Louis Leonowens: Moonshee, why does the king have so many wives?

Moonshee, Leonowens' Indian Servant: That is an excellent question. For your mother

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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.

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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 it's own time.

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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?

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[first lines]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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King Mongkut: Why did you come back?

Anna Leonowens: Because I could not imagine a Siam without you.

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Anna Leonowens: [to King Mongkut] Your Majesty, promise me... Promise me that I will see you again.

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General Alak: [from trailer]

[to King Mongkut]

General Alak: These are dangerous times, Your Majesty. A foreigner's influence will be equally sore.

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Anna Leonowens: [to King Mongkut] Why are you doing this?

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Tuptim: How did Mem survive?

Anna Leonowens: The same way you will. One awful day at a time.

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King Mongkut: [to Princess Fa-ying] I will be there in your dreams, as you will be in mine

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Anna Leonowens: Most people do not see the world as it is. They see it as they are.

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Tuptim: [speaks in English] He wrote to me, to bid me farewell. Believing that I was lost forever! To commit his life in monastery...

Third Judge: [interrupts her, in Thai] You will speak in your native tongue!

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