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Anna and the King (1999) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Daisy Bell ("A Bicycle Built for Two") was published by Harry Dacre in 1892. This movie is set in the 1860s.
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In the scene where Anna first meets the King, the French ambassadors are delivering "a present from the King of France" (in French in the dialogue). In the 1860's France did not have a king any longer: its leader Napoleon III had the title of "Emperor".
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The violins in the orchestra at the anniversary celebration are obviously not in sync with the music they are "playing".
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When Anna and King Mongkut first dance, the song being heard has full instrumentation (horns, woodwinds, etc.). But all the views of the musicians entering the ballroom and playing show only string instruments.
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Continuity 

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.
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The copy of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" that Anna gives to Prince Chulalongkorn has a dark brown cover. The one he is later seen reading, and the one his father, King Mongkut, later holds up, are both blue.
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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.
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Factual errors 

The Thai language used between the King and his prime minister is not royal Thai language, but everyday Thai language. Everyday Thai language is never used to speak to a member of the royal family, especially the King.
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Upon introducing his queens and concubines to Anna, Mongkut states that his concubines are not as numerous as those of the Emperor of China. The Chinese emperor in 1862, the Tongzhi Emperor, was only six years old at the time and unmarried. Even after marriage, he had 5 consorts- significantly less than Mongkut's 23 wives and 42 concubines.
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Louis asks Anna, "Doesn't "Chang See Khao" mean White Elephant?" While "Chang See Khao" does literally translate into "white elephant", the correct term is "Chang Peuak."
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

In the close-up of Prince Chowfa just before his execution, a soldier is visible behind him in the line of fire. In the opposing shot when General Alak fires, that soldier is standing aside and further away.
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When the King observes his guards spotting Alak's army, the telescope is aimed to the left of the white tent behind it, and while the King looks through the telescope he aims it further to the left. In the next shot when Anna observes the King, the telescope is suddenly aimed far to the right.
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