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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.



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Fox Movies



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Release Date:

17 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anna  »

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Box Office


$92,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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[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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Beauty and serenity
23 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I saw this in the theater way back in 99' and really was touched by this, in a way I had no idea that I would be. This was well made and visually wondrous, the two(Chow and Jody) were almost magical in their roles I was amazed at how incredibly well they brought the characters in a remake to be more beautiful than the original. Even though they didn't have the chemistry of other on screen romance-couples, it still makes you feel things about the couple and that time in history. I am not used to seeing Chow in this kind of character either.

My heart was definitely taken by this wonderful film, what a surprise! The director performed a brilliant job in creating this modern day work of excellence. Not many can stand the test of time effectively, like I think this is.

Bravo I recommend this to all. It is a lasting family feature that I believe will endure for a long time. (*****)

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