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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.

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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 »

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Comedy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King Ralph I  »

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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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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the movie, in the scene where Ralph (John Goodman) is in the dressing room getting fired, he says, "What? 'Cause I wouldn't sing 'The Impossible Dream'?" This is a reference to Peter O'Toole (Sir Cedric Willingham). In Man of La Mancha (1972), Peter O'Toole sang the song "The Impossible Dream". See more »

Goofs

The same actor is shown portraying a food server during the dinner scene and then again as a policeman when Lord Hargrave is arrested. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Jones: Damn, I knew I was getting hosed over here.
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References U2: Rattle and Hum (1988) See more »

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National Anthem of Finland
(uncredited)
Music by Fredrik Pacius
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An Underrated Classic
6 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Although I own the DVD, whenever King Ralph show up on television I watch it all the way through. This is a clever satire sending up both the pretentiousness of the British monarchy and the crassness of American society. Peter O'Toole and John Goodman....both gifted actors give this film real depth in their nuanced performances. William Hurt's over the top performance as the villainous pretender to the throne is pitch perfect, and the supporting cast, including the aides to the King, the visiting Roals from Finland, the African King and Ralph's love interest are solid, leaving this movie without a weak performance. There is something in this for everyone; romance, betrayal, friendship, and a fast moving plot with just the right kinds of twists and turns that keep the pace of this relatively short movie moving right along.


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