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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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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, 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

During the film, King Ralph and Miranda go to a Burger King, where Ralph fails to get a Whopper. One of John Goodman's first acting jobs was in a commercial for Burger King, where he happily consumes a Whopper. See more »

Goofs

Ralph is repeatedly referred to as the King of England. The Kingdom of England ceased to exist in 1707 during the reign of Queen Anne, following the Act of Union between England and Scotland. Therefore the last King of England would have been King William III. The correct title would be "King of the United Kingdom" (for short) or "King of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms" (in full). See more »

Quotes

Sir Cedric Willingham: It's I who should be thanking you. You showed me how to be a king.
Ralph Jones: Me? I was a lousy king.
Sir Cedric Willingham: On the contrary. You are a good and decent man, and you've acted honorably. I shall try to follow your example.
Ralph Jones: Thank you, Ced.
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Referenced in Projector: Diana (2013) See more »

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Be-Bop A-Lula
Written by Gene Vincent and Tex Davis (as Sheriff Tex Davis)
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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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