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The King and I (1956)

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A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

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

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Complete credited cast:
... Anna Leonowens
... King Mongkut of Siam
... Tuptim
... Kralahome
Terry Saunders ... Lady Thiang
... Louis Leonowens
... Lun Tha
... Prince Chulalongkorn
... Sir John Hay
... Sir Edward Ramsay
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Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has been contracted to teach English to the children of the royal household. She threatens to leave when the house she had been promised is not available, but falls in love with the children. A new slave, a gift of a vassal king, translates "Uncle Tom's Cabin" into a Siamese ballet. After expressing her unhappiness at being with the King, the slave decides to make an attempt to escape with her lover. Anna and the King start to fall in love, but her headstrong upbringing inhibits her from joining his harem. She is just about to leave Siam but something important she finds out makes her think about changing her mind. Written by Randy Goldberg <goldberg@nymc.edu>

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29 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I  »

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Budget:

$4,550,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,300,000
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Deborah Kerr's uncredited voice double Marni Nixon said that she realized the keys of Anna's songs were very low for her - "very contralto keys" - and that she was really too young (just 21) to be able to sound "adult" and "womanly". Hence, a modifier was placed in Nixon's microphone, to make her voice sound deeper and more mature. "I have a very light, bright ring to my voice, and I tried to take that out" she said. "But they were able to use this modifier to emphasize the lower partials of my voice. I also remember having a terrible cold at the time, not being able to breathe in those recording sessions. But that probably helped in matching Deborah's voice, deepening it." See more »

Goofs

During the song "A Puzzlement", the King's earring appears and disappears from his ear between shots. See more »

Quotes

Anna: This girl hurt your vanity, that is all, she didn't hurt your heart! You have no heart! You've never loved anyone and you never will.
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Crazy Credits

The credits first say "Twentieth-Century Fox presents a Cinemascope Picture in Cinemascope 55", and then they go on to say "Darryl F. Zanuck presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'The King and I'". See more »

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Referenced in More Than Friends (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Wonderful
(1951) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Terry Saunders
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Best musical EVER
2 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Though I don't remember the first time I saw the movie it was a movie I grew up on. I grew up on Rodgers and Hammerstein and have loved all (but State Fair) of their movies that I've seen. And I have to say that this movie is their very best and the very best musical ever made. Yul Brynner was great and was very deserving of the best actor Oscar. I love every thing about this movie and it tugs on my heartstrings every time I watch it. Even know I know how it will end a huge lump comes to my throat as my heart sings when he dances with her across the room just wishing that they can be together some how.If a movie can move you like that every time, than it's top notch and The King and I does it best.


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