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King Ralph (1991)

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As the only relative to take over the Royal throne, a down on his luck American slob must learn the ways of the English.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ralph
... Willingham
... Graves
... Miranda
... Phipps
... Gordon
James Villiers ... Hale
... Princess Anna
Niall O'Brien ... McGuire
... King Gustav
... Queen Katherine
Ed Stobart ... Dysentery
Gedren Heller ... Punk Girl
... King Mulambon
Michael Johnson ... Hamilton
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Storyline

When an accident obliterates the British royal family and most of its branches, a desperate geneological search discovers the next king: Ralph, a sleazy American lounge singer. Can Ralph measure up to the job, even with the help of loyal aristocrat Willingham? Written by Reid Gagle

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When Ralph becomes royalty, laughter reigns! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Ralph I  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,327,550, 17 February 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,002,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,487,045
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two 1991 movies starring John Goodman. The other picture was Barton Fink (1991). See more »

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The name of Finland's King is Gustav. "Gustav" is a Swedish name. See more »

Quotes

Sir Cedric Willingham: Quite an eventful first day, Your Majesty. I'll leave you to rest now. This is Your Majesty's bedroom.
[Ralph and Cedric enter the royal bedroom]
Ralph Jones: [gives butler a tip] There you go, chief.
[Ralph looks at the bedroom's decorations]
Sir Cedric Willingham: Unfortunately, you do have the option to redecorate your private quarters as you see fit.
Ralph Jones: Good. I got a few ideas.
Sir Cedric Willingham: We'll put the velours industry on stand-by. Through those doors is your dining room, and across the way, the bath. Through here is your study, and there is ...
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Everclear (1996) See more »

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National Anthem of Finland
(uncredited)
Music by Fredrik Pacius
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Great cast in a decent movie
12 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't sure whether King Ralph would be my style, seeing how much the critics panned it. But when I watched it, I was surprised at how much I liked it. It is not perfect, but one of the worst films ever? No, far from it. It is enjoyable, despite the sometimes weak script, uneven direction and one or two parts that felt rather slow and contrived. What redeems it though is the cast. John Goodman amiably bumbles his way through his role and gives some charm into a character that could have been bland and uninteresting, and Peter O'Toole and John Hurt seem to be having a whale of a time as the adviser and scheming courtier. Also, the film does actually look nice, the cinematography is good and the scenery is lovely. The soundtrack and score were enjoyable as well. Overall, it has its problems, but it isn't a bad film by all means. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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