The King and I (1956)
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as King Mongkut of Siam
as Anna Leonowens
as Lady Thiang
as Louis Leonowens
as Lun Tha
as Prince Chulalongkorn
as Sir John Hay
as Sir Edward Ramsay
as Simon Legree
as Keeper of the Dogs
as Uncle Thomas
as Specialty Dancer
as Angel in Ballet
as Ship's Captain
as Siamese Girl
as Whipping Guard
as Whipping Guard
as High Priest
as Guest at Palace
as Princess Ying Yoowalak
as Anna (singing)
Critic Reviews for The King and I
All the ingredients that made Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I a memorable stage experience have been faithfully transferred to the screen.
If you don't...see [The King and I], believe us, you'll be missing a grand and moving thing.
Starring Yul Brynner in the part he seemed born to play, this is a fine if slightly stage-bound example of the 1950s Hollywood musical spectacular.
Audience Reviews for The King and I
An English teacher takes up residence in the King of Siam's palace. There are some films that succumb to what I call the "D.W. Griffiths Effect." Lawrence of Arabia is the first one that pops into my mind. The film is racist in our time but isn't in its own. So the film becomes stuck in its own era, unable to transcend to the timeless. Few films are so well-made and of themselves delightful that a conscientious critic can both enjoy and abhor it at the same time. The King and I is one of the latter. Certainly subject to the D.W. Griffiths Effect, with Yul Brynner speaking in a mockery of an Asian accent and little Asian kids short-stepping about in the kind of cuteness that Westerners endow the East, The King and I is nevertheless charming, and Brynner is as charismatic and wildly sexy as ever. It's a likeable film, harmless in its simplicity and eminently hummable. The best that can be said of Deborah Kerr is that she is able to move in a massive dress. Overall, there are some people who argue that the D.W. Griffiths Effect is bullshit, that we should judge a film based on its own time, and they must love this film.
Great musical if not somewhat racist with Yul Brynner playing an Asian king.
Sumptuous as this is undoubtedly, it's the battle between Kerr and Brynner that's most memorable. Brynner won Best Oscar for his performance ... see if you agree that he doesn't indeed deserve it.
The King and I Quotes
|Anna Leonowens:||How do you explain the fact, Your Majesty, that many men remain faithful to one wife?|
|King Mongkut of Siam:||They're sick.|
|King Mongkut of Siam:||British not scientific enough for the use of chopsticks.|
|The King of Siam:||â??There are times I almost think I am not sure of what I absolutely know. Very often find confusion in conclusion I concluded long ago. In my head are many facts that, as a student, I have studied to procure. In my head are many facts of which I wish I was more certain I was sure.â?? â?? Richard Rogers|
|The King of Siam:||There are times I almost think I am not sure of what I absolutely know. Very often find confusion in conclusion I concluded long ago. In my head are many facts that, as a student, I have studied to procure. In my head are many facts of which I wish I was more certain I was sure. Richard Rogers.|
|The King of Siam:||It's a puzzlement!|