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King Ralph (1991)

A regular guy from America becomes king of England after a royal wipe-out puts him next in line.

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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When Ralph becomes royalty, laughter reigns! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The line of dialogue which described King Ralph as being Ralph the Chicken-hearted was a spoof of medieval British monarch Richard the Lionheart. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[Ralph is being measured for a suit]
Sir Cedric Willingham: Just a few quick questions to probe your knowledge of English history...
Ralph Jones: Fine.
Sir Cedric Willingham: When she failed to give him a son, Henry VIII had Anne Boleyn - ?
Ralph Jones: Look into adoption?
Sir Cedric Willingham: Beheaded.
Ralph Jones: Jeez, this is a tough country.
[a tailor approaches with a bolt of fine black material]
Tailor: Would this be to your liking, Your Majesty?
Ralph Jones: You know, I kind of like that.
[...]
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Soundtracks

Good Golly Miss Molly
Words & Music by John Marascalco and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell
End Title Performance by Little Richard
Produced by Jeff Lynne
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Predictable but Hilarious
13 June 2004 | by yosef88See all my reviews

I confess that "King Ralph" is one of my favorite movies. Yes, the basic plot concept of the film has been done in MANY stories, both written and filmed, but the superb acting coupled with the not-so-subtle jabs at British Royalty push the plot right over the top. Never mind that John Goodman is brilliant (as usual), but the well-done and loosely-serious role of Peter O'Toole adds a much needed anchor to Mr. Goodman's highly-anticipated antics. The filming locations of the film as well provide a truly beautiful backdrop to the production, steeped strongly in tradition and British heritage. Two thumbs up for this light-hearted comedy that dares to poke at some of the more serious issues of royal responsibility and pressure.

Highly recommended for fun entertainment, I give "King Ralph" a 9 out of 10.


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Official Sites:

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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

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,327,550, 18 February 1991

Gross USA:

$34,002,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,487,045
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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