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King Ralph (1991)

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

Director:

David S. Ward

Writers:

Emlyn Williams (novel), David S. Ward (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Ralph
Peter O'Toole ... Willingham
John Hurt ... Graves
Camille Coduri ... Miranda
Richard Griffiths ... Phipps
Leslie Phillips ... Gordon
James Villiers ... Hale
Joely Richardson ... Princess Anna
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... McGuire
Julian Glover ... King Gustav
Judy Parfitt ... Queen Katherine
Ed Stobart Ed Stobart ... Dysentery
Gedren Heller Gedren Heller ... Punk Girl
Rudolph Walker ... King Mulambon
Michael Johnson 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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A comedy of majestic proportions See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King Ralph I See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,327,550, 18 February 1991

Gross USA:

$34,002,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,487,045
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many of the main cast had first names starting with the letter "J". These were John Goodman, Sir John Hurt, Julian Glover, Joely Richardson, James Villiers, Judy Parfitt, and Jack Smethurst. See more »

Goofs

Ralph's hand on his own face changes position between shots as he is being addressed regally in his dressing room. See more »

Quotes

Sir Cedric Willingham: You might be thinking what name you'd like to use as king.
[Ralph whistles]
Sir Cedric Willingham: 'Edward' and 'George' have been popular this century.
Ralph Jones: What's wrong with 'Ralph'?
Sir Cedric Willingham: It lacks a certain... majesty. I can't really think of any notable Ralphs.
Ralph Jones: Well, sure... Ralph Macchio. Ralph Lauren. Ralph Kramden.
[Ralph and Cedric enter a hallway with paintings]
Ralph Jones: Oh, this is extremely nice. Better than I'm used to.
Sir Cedric Willingham: This is the picture gallery. Many of the people in these paintings are your relatives. That's the Duke of ...
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Referenced in Difficult People: The Silkwood (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm In The Mood For Love
Written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh
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A good idea turned into a slightly-above-average movie.
3 May 2001 | by christian228See all my reviews

When the entire British royal family is wiped out in an "awful" accident, the American bar entertainer Ralph Jones (excellent: John Goodman, he makes up for most of the boring parts of the plot) becomes the new King of England. After a few adjustment problems with his new job (clothing, manners etc.) he falls in love with a young woman he meets at a local strip club. Problems emerge when his secretary tries to marry him to the Finnish princess to seal a business deal for a few English companies. All in all, a good movie with some great lines but also some boring parts.


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