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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the African country was "Zambezi". It is fictitious, though ironically, Zambezia (2012) had a similarly titled name, which refers to that film's fictitious African bird city. Moreover, there is an African place called "Zambezi", but it is not a country. Wikipedia states, "The Zambezi (also spelled Zambeze and Zambesi) is the fourth-longest river in Africa, and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The 2,574-kilometer-long river (1,599 miles) has its source in Zambia, and flows through eastern Angola, along the eastern border of Namibia and the northern border of Botswana, then along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe to Mozambique, where it crosses that country to empty into the Indian Ocean." See more »

Goofs

In the establishing shot of Buckingham Palace at the beginning of the film, no Royal Standard is seen flying above the palace, which would signify that the monarch is in residence. Immediately following the establishing shot, it is shown that the monarch is, indeed, in residence and thus, the Royal Standard should be flying. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Jones: Do you feel that being the king of a major nation is tougher than you thought?
King Mulamboa: Yes, it is difficult sometimes, what with the ceremonial duties and official obligations. But I'm quite pleased with the economic progress my country has made. We are hoping to be the first in Africa to market an automobile!
Ralph Jones: Oh really? I might be in the market myself soon. The Rolls just doesn't have that much "poop". This car gonna have fuel injection?
King Mulamboa: Oh yes, everything. Five-speed transmission, rack-and-pin ...
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Connections

Referenced in Married with Children: Dial 'B' for Virgin (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Golly Miss Molly
Words & Music by John Marascalco and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell
End Title Performance by Little Richard
Produced by Jeff Lynne
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Predictable but Hilarious
13 June 2004 | by yosef88See all my reviews

I confess that "King Ralph" is one of my favorite movies. Yes, the basic plot concept of the film has been done in MANY stories, both written and filmed, but the superb acting coupled with the not-so-subtle jabs at British Royalty push the plot right over the top. Never mind that John Goodman is brilliant (as usual), but the well-done and loosely-serious role of Peter O'Toole adds a much needed anchor to Mr. Goodman's highly-anticipated antics. The filming locations of the film as well provide a truly beautiful backdrop to the production, steeped strongly in tradition and British heritage. Two thumbs up for this light-hearted comedy that dares to poke at some of the more serious issues of royal responsibility and pressure.

Highly recommended for fun entertainment, I give "King Ralph" a 9 out of 10.


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