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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ralph
... Willingham
... Graves
... Miranda
... Phipps
... Gordon
James Villiers ... Hale
... Princess Anna
Niall O'Brien ... McGuire
... King Gustav
... Queen Katherine
Ed Stobart ... Dysentery
Gedren Heller ... Punk Girl
... King Mulambon
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 great tragedy has befallen the royal family leaving only one heir to the throne... 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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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 »

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Under English law, any child born to a Royal out of wedlock is ineligible to succeed the throne, which extends to the child's heirs. This can never be reversed, even if the child is legitimated by the Royal parent. Therefore, despite being the "only" surviving member of the Windham line, Ralph could never take the throne since his father was born out of wedlock. See more »

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Hale: [Ralph has referred to Princess Anna as a 'fox'] I'm glad you find her so. Best wishes in your fox hunting.
King Gustav: Fox hunting? You like fox hunting, yes.
Ralph Jones: Well, I don't get out much lately. But I used to go out almost every evening. One club or another.
King Gustav: Really? That often? You must have collected several tails.
Ralph Jones: [shocked] Well, I admit I slept with a few. But I'm not like that anymore. Nowadays you can't be too careful. You don't know who they've been with.
King Gustav: No, I suppose not.
Ralph Jones: Yeah, once I got a steady ...
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References The Honeymooners (1955) 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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