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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Trivia

The set for the King's palace was one of the largest ever constructed, covering an area of over eight acres. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Anna first meets the King, the French ambassadors are delivering "a present from the King of France" (in French in the dialogue). In the 1860's France did not have a king any longer: its leader Napoleon III had the title of "Emperor". 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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How Can I Not Love You
Music and Lyric by George Fenton, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and Robert Kraft
Performed by Joy Enriquez
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds for ECAF Productions, Inc.
Joy Enriquez appears courtesy of La Face Records
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Anna rules the King's heart and wins over the audience in this visual masterpiece
22 October 2001 | by Hollywood TitanSee all my reviews

Let the magic of romance and the beauty of Siam sweep and take you away to a world where the king rules the land and a teacher rules the king's heart. There are only two other movies I would consider to be worthy of masterpiece status: "Saving Private Ryan" and "Titanic." Now a third can be added to this list: "Anna And The King." "Anna and The King" is a true masterpiece that is filled with heart & soul, a beautful setting and superb performances.

I was very impressed with the performance of Chow-Yun Fat because he made the transition from action star to dramatic actor flawlessly. Fat showed his versatility in playing a king. Fat pulled off this role with perfection. He made it so easy for me to enjoy this movie because of his screen presence and believability of the performance as well as the chemistry between Anna and the King.

This masterpiece can not be completed without the performance Jodie Foster turned in. Foster delivers the type of performance worthy of an oscar. She once again has established herself among the elite that have the special gift of natural talent.

Foster and Fat come together beautifully to bring the true story of the romance of Anna Leonowens and King Momokut. The chemistry can be felt from a distance and it works from the first minute they come together. I knew Foster and Fat were compatible; however, I failed to realize how much until I viewed the movie.

"Anna and The King" is visually stunning in so many ways with beautiful settings such as the palace. Also, the costumes are well-made and suited the movie perfectly. "Anna & The King" will take you on a journey that will touch, warm and fill your heart with spirit only a motion picture masterpiece can bring.


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