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The King (2005)

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A troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met.


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The devil made me do it.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality involving a teen, some violence and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

19 May 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A király  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£33,213 (UK) (19 May 2006)


$281,326 (USA) (18 August 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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In this movie, Paul Dano plays the older brother of Pell James' character. James is actually seven years older than Dano in real life. See more »


In the scene where David takes Elvis to the shooting range, he tells Elvis to extend his left arm. But in the next shot he's holding up his right. See more »


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Very Powerful, A Quality Film for Grown-Ups
9 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not for the first time, I thank the British Cable/Satellite channels for making available an excellent film that that I would not have noticed at the cinema over here, in fact I don't believe it gained any significant cinema distribution at all. This is another example of the 'small' US movie (modest budget, even more modest marketing, no A-list stars) that is as good as anything produced anywhere in the world. A young fellow leaves the US navy and seeks out his father, who he's never met. He tracks Dad down to find that he's become a pastor in a born-again Christian church and now has a family of his own. I'll not reveal anything of what follows but will say that what develops is unexpected, shocking and totally gripping. OK, you get a sense that it will all end in tears but this is genuinely powerful stuff. Gael García Bernal is excellent (another Martin Sheen?) as is the rest of the cast. William Hurt, his glamorous male lead days behind him, demonstrates once again that he is an actor of real quality and ability – long may he continue to play similar cameo roles. I mentioned Bernals similarity to the young Martin Sheen previously. The King has some comparisons to 'Badlands' which blew me away all those years ago and I believe that this is as good a film. You need a slightly strong stomach but this is a powerful film for adults and I recommend it highly.

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