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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

While this movie is fictional, King Ralph and King Cedric would not be titled as Ralph I and Cedric I. They are only numbered as such once there has been a second monarch of the same name. Hence Queen Victoria is not referred to as "Victoria I." 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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Soundtracks

Be-Bop A-Lula
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Good fun
3 September 2006 | by mattrochmanSee all my reviews

This seems to get a panning from film reviewers here, but it actually is a good comedy. The story line is mildly stupid and a replay of the old fish-out-of-water formula, but the British were able to add a fantastic flavour to the film and the comedy is kept in check and doesn't become too outlandishly stupid.

Thumbs up in my view, but it's a little bit date these days. Superb supporting cast and a friendly film: nothing crude and from recollection, no bad language.

Goes to show that it can still be done if you really apply your mind to it!


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