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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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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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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

According to an interview with John Goodman in the article "'No Leading Man, King Ralph Insists" published in the February 12, 1991 edition of the Los Angeles Times, Goodman denied his new leading man status in this movie, and said he was still just a character actor. Goodman said: "Don't call me a leading man. This is just another part, with a lot more lines. The only difference for me this time, was that I didn't have time to fool around when I wasn't working. When you're the leading man, your meter's running all the time, and you're always working. There's no goof-off time. But that still doesn't make me a leading man. I'm still just a character actor. Nobody's ready to call me Mel Gibson, Jr., and I don't think anybody's ready to pay good money to see me get the girl in the movie. I know I wouldn't go see something like that." See more »

Goofs

The Prime Minister and Lord Percival refer to the house of Wyndham (Windsor) and then indicate that the next in line for succession would be descendants of the house of Stuart, of which Lord Percival is one. The next house in line for succession would in fact be the Hanoverians. See more »

Quotes

[a group of punks are watching the Royal funeral procession on tv. The lead punk notices his girlfriend is crying]
Dysentery: Since when do we give a toss about this kind of bullshit?
Punk Girl: Shut up, Dysentery! Where's your sense of national flipping pride?
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Connections

References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Golly Miss Molly
Written by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Robert Blackwell) and John Marascalco
Performed by John Goodman
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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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