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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.

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 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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When Ralph becomes royalty, laughter reigns! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Billing: John Goodman (first), Peter O'Toole (second), and Sir John Hurt (third). See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning, when Duncan is explaining Ralph's heritage to him at the hotdog stand, one of the soda glasses alternates between being upright and being slightly tipped between shots. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: The Regina Monologues (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

National Anthem of Finland
(uncredited)
Music by Fredrik Pacius
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Regarding the film
29 October 2004 | by jason-674See all my reviews

I think that people are generally harsh towards the nature of this film. It is not meant to be entirely accurate and yes, perhaps I am slightly biased having starred in the film myself (Jason Richards (I) on IMDb). You will see that I played the role of Ralph II, the little guy who played that tiny piano/ keyboard at the end of the film! Having looked at the film again recently, I regard it as one of those classic comedies not to be mocked. I had great fun when acting in the film and I had just as much fun watching it! John Goodman really is the greatest of guys (although the size of him really scared me when I met him!) I suggest to everyone who mocks this film, that this is one of the reasons he became so great in the movie world. If it wasn't for King Ralph, he would have never got to the Flintstones or any of the other films which have come to make him so renowned.


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