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Anna and the King (1999)

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The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

Director:

Andy Tennant

Writers:

Anna Leonowens (diaries), Steve Meerson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodie Foster ... Anna
Yun-Fat Chow ... King Mongkut (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Bai Ling ... Tuptim
Tom Felton ... Louis
Syed Alwi Syed Alwi ... The Kralahome
Randall Duk Kim ... General Alak
Kay Siu Lim Kay Siu Lim ... Prince Chowfa (as Lim Kay Siu)
Melissa Campbell Melissa Campbell ... Princess Fa-Ying
Keith Chin Keith Chin ... Prince Chulalongkorn
Mano Maniam Mano Maniam ... Moonshee
Shanthini Venugopal Shanthini Venugopal ... Beebe
Deanna Yusoff Deanna Yusoff ... Lady Thiang
Geoffrey Palmer ... Lord John Bradley
Ann Firbank ... Lady Bradley
Bill Stewart Bill Stewart ... Mycroft Kincaid
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Storyline

This is the story of Anna Leonowens, the English schoolteacher who came to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut. She becomes involved in his affairs, from the tragic plight of a young concubine to trying to forge an alliance with Britain to a war with Burma that is orchestrated by Britain. In the meantime, a subtle romance develops between them. Written by Tommy Peter

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense violent sequences | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Thai | French

Release Date:

17 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anna See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,223,416, 19 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,263,420

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,733,517
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Syed Alwi was absolutely terrified about working with Jodie Foster. The first scene with him and Jodie took 45 takes to shoot. See more »

Goofs

When Anna and King Mongkut first dance, the song being heard has full instrumentation (horns, woodwinds, etc.). But all the views of the musicians entering the ballroom and playing show only string instruments. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
King Chulalongkorn: She was the first English woman I had ever met. And it seemed to me she knew more about the world than anyone. But it was a world Siam was afraid would consume them. The monsoon winds had whispered her arrival like a coming storm. Some welcomed the rain, but others feared a raging flood. Still she came, unaware of the suspicion that preceded her. But it wasn't until years later, that I began to appreciate how brave she was, and how alone she must have felt. An English woman. The ...
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Connections

Version of The King and I (1999) See more »

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Daisy, Daisy
Words and Music by Harry Dacre
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Awesome movie but remember it's just a movie
21 December 1999 | by bobbyb-3See all my reviews

Yes this movies was certainly better than previous musicals and renditions of the Anna Leonowen's adventures in Thailand. It also is more historically accurate than those previous versions. Although this doesn't necessarily make it more culturally accurate as well, so conclusions shouldn't be made concerning how Thailand is today. Of the acting, it is true what everyone else has been saying that both Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat acted extremely well. I've always been a Chow Yun-Fat fan. He's certainly a versatile actor, this I know from his Asian movies, but this is his break-out performance in America. Basically, if you really like great acting, then you'll love this movie. Anna and the King is also a very heart-warming movie mixed with enough excitement to please most people.

This isn't entirely a romance movie either. A history lesson is trying to be told here. Although as documentaries go...well Anna and the King is not 100% correct. However history seems so much more drier if it was told by facts alone. No one would go pay money to see documentaries in movie theaters, but they will go to see a movie especially if it's a good movie. Anna and the King is a good movie. Some people have griped about the theme song, the one scene with explosion, and whether or not the title of the movie appeared in the credits. For those people, keep in mind that what makes a movie a good movie can be found in the story, acting, and directing of the movie, not in the theme song or any other locations in the credit.

Concerning the length of the movie, every movie these days seem to go past the two hour mark, which is some sort of current trend in movies. Personally, I don't mind this as it allows me to let myself go and be sympathetic for the characters as if they had meaning for two hours and nine minutes in my life. Besides the acting was so well done that you won't get bored at anytime during the movie. Anna and the King will be one of the best two hours nine minutes you will spend this year if you see it.


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