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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Alyssa Milano was originally offered the leading role, but turned it down due to her commitment with the TV series Charmed (1998). See more »

Goofs

Upon introducing his queens and concubines to Anna, Mongkut states that his concubines are not as numerous as those of the Emperor of China. The Chinese emperor in 1862, the Tongzhi Emperor, was only six years old at the time and unmarried. Even after marriage, he had 5 consorts- significantly less than Mongkut's 23 wives and 42 concubines. See more »

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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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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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Superbly acted and photographed
13 December 1999 | by BurmeseSee all my reviews

Going in I had expected a solid performance by Jodie Foster and some nicely photographed scenes; what I got was much more. Chow Yun-Fat commands the viewers' attention whenever he is on the screen, fairly radiating a regal and aloof presence. There is a palpable chemistry between Jodie and Chow, something not seen in the actresses films since she squared off with Anthony Hopkins' Lecter. The script is solid and generally well-paced. Keen attention is paid to the dialog and interplay between the principals and the secondary characters, too. That they didn't actually film in Thailand, but in Malaysia never shows on the screen. The photography and costumes should be automatic nominees for Oscar. For that matter, both Jodie and Chow could comfortably fit in their respective nominee lists for Best Actor and Best Actress. Overall, a wonderful film and I'm really looking forward to the DVD in June!


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