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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 ... 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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Taglines:

A great tragedy has befallen the royal family leaving only one heir to the throne... 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

The film is loosely based on the 1980 novel "Headlong" by Emlyn Williams. Both Williams and Sir John Hurt (Lord Percival Graves) played the Roman Emperor Caligula in adaptations of Robert Graves' 1934 novel "I, Claudius": Williams in the unfinished film I, Claudius (1937), and Hurt in I, Claudius (1976). See more »

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Under English law, any child born to a Royal out of wedlock is ineligible to succeed the throne, which extends to the child's heirs. This can never be reversed, even if the child is legitimated by the Royal parent. Therefore, despite being the "only" surviving member of the Windham line, Ralph could never take the throne since his father was born out of wedlock. See more »

Quotes

[Ralph is enjoying himself in the royal bathtub, with the crown on his head]
Ralph Jones: Well, Jones, you really fell upstairs this time. Too bad it's only gonna last the rest of your life.
[Ralph rings the bell. Gordon walks in]
Gordon: You called, Your Majesty?
Ralph Jones: Which one are you again?
Gordon: Gordon, Your Majesty's page.
Ralph Jones: Yeah, Gordon. I was just wondering if you could bring me something. Anything.
Gordon: Anything, Your Majesty?
Ralph Jones: I've never had anybody bring me something before. I just wanna try it out.
Gordon: Certainly. Perhaps an ...
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Connections

References Man of La Mancha (1972) 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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