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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to "Variety", on this picture "Lensing was done on UK locations, and at London's Pinewood Studios." 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

[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 Moulin Rouge (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Where is your Heart
(Moulin Rouge)
Music by Georges Auric
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
English lyrics by William Engvick
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Great cast in a decent movie
12 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I wasn't sure whether King Ralph would be my style, seeing how much the critics panned it. But when I watched it, I was surprised at how much I liked it. It is not perfect, but one of the worst films ever? No, far from it. It is enjoyable, despite the sometimes weak script, uneven direction and one or two parts that felt rather slow and contrived. What redeems it though is the cast. John Goodman amiably bumbles his way through his role and gives some charm into a character that could have been bland and uninteresting, and Peter O'Toole and John Hurt seem to be having a whale of a time as the adviser and scheming courtier. Also, the film does actually look nice, the cinematography is good and the scenery is lovely. The soundtrack and score were enjoyable as well. Overall, it has its problems, but it isn't a bad film by all means. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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