The King And I 1956

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When nineteenth century English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) is employed by the King of Siam (Yul Brynner) to educate his many children, she takes her son, Louis (Rex Thompson), along with her. Anna, a strong-willed woman, soon clashes with the king, who is used to having his every wish adhered to without question. However, Anna's refusal to bow to his will wins his respect and, eventually, his love. Rodgers and Hammerstein numbers include 'Hello Young Lovers' and 'Getting To Know You'.

Starring:
Deborah Kerr, Martin Benson
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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 2 hours 8 minutes
Starring Deborah Kerr, Martin Benson, Alan Mowbray, Rita Moreno, Yul Brynner
Director Walter Lang
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 8 February 2004
Main languages English
Subtitles Icelandic, Finnish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Hebrew, Danish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is, and probably always will be my favourite musical. It is the first musical I saw live on stage, and one of the first movie musicals I saw. I have watched it endless times, Deborah Kerr is excellent as Anna, I can only imagine how she suffered in those costumes under those studio lights. Marni Nixon does all of Miss Kerr's songs, even if you watch carefully you would never know. Yul Brynner's prescence is magnetic as King Mongkut of Siam, and Terri Saunders makes a great Lady Thiang. Carlos Riviera and Rita Moreno turn in fine performances as the starstruck but doomed lovers. One regret is that a couple of songs have been cut from the movie. The one especially missed is the wonderfully clever Shall I Tell You What I Think Of You? This song however features on the movie soundtrack, along with My Lord And Master. Rodgers & Hammerstein's songs are "Something Wonderful" and very hummable! The songs are instantly recognisable - a great family classic.
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By Aletheuon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Based on the true story of Anna Leonowens, who went to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut, 'The King and I' is a wonderful film. It shows the clash between old ways and new as the king tries to modernise his country while still retaining his own prejudices and status. The love between Anna and the king is never stated and yet very obvious, though of course it can never come to anything because the king already has a number of wives and many children. Yul Brynner was not first choice for playing the part of the king; Rex Harrison was. Good though Rex Harrison was - thank goodness he wasn't available! It would have been a very different film if he had. Brynner was a Russian-American; he looked exotic and dangerous and, though his part was originally meant as a supporting role, he dominated the film and made it what it is. Yet he wasn't so much an actor as a producer at that time.The Asian-flavioured music by Rogers and Hammerstein and the charm of the exotic setting are just marvellous! An unforgettable movie.
I always wonder why people complain when older movies (this was made in 1956) are not entirely up to modern standards in terms of sound quality and screen resolution. Even remastering can't remove every sign of age! This movie is a gem which belongs to its own time and has its own particular magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Boxall on 15 April 2009
Format: DVD
Yes, it's dated - the format with its overture and intermission, some of the hairstyles and acting style; but Yul Brynner's magnetism still catches the breath, the songs are delightful and the story holds the interest right through. The children are captivating and I loved the touches of humour and pathos. After all this time still a wonderful film and well worth sharing with the next generation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
It is the early 1800's and King Mongkut of Siam (Yul Brynner) realizes that a good education is necessary to survive and also paramount for the survival of Siam. So he sends off for a teacher for his many offspring.
His choice a widow Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr) and her son Louis Leonowens (Rex Thompson).
King Mongkut does not keep a promise of a separate living quarter for Anna and her son. He also is smug and overbearing. This will lead to several things he did not plan on including a Siam's play version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" With little Lisa on the ice flows.
Mean while The King's son Prince Chulalongkorn (Patrick Adiarte) seems to be more amenable to leaning the ways of the western world.
Can the king save Siam from the imperialists?
Will Anna be a help?
There was an earlier film version of this story "Anna and the King of Siam" with Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison which has a different feel. The other film does not have the advantage of talent music of Rodgers & Hammerstein.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ted mabel on 29 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
There can not be many people out there who have not at some point seen this film, but just in case there are a few who have somehow managed to miss this film, you really do need to see it. The songs are fantastic, its looks beautiful and the ending makes me cry every time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. Hopkins on 12 April 2009
Format: DVD
Excellent film, far removed from actual story but very entertsining with aweet children. No wonder Anna's heart was moved.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Truong Tung on 28 July 2004
Format: DVD
In Siamese collectivistic culture, especially at that time of period (1862), I suppose one of the biggest damaging cultural stereotypes is about Thais having conservative views. The movie artistically uses its scenes to show us this cultural stereotype. The scene in which King's children are being taught geography is a good example for this damaging stereotype of Thai culture at that time. Ethnocentrism, parochialism, and the lack of scientific knowledge of Siamese people are all shown with the map and the lecture of the Siamese lady (an unscientific map and the comparison between the King of Siam and the King of Burma): "Siam is the biggest and richest country in the world". However, it doesn't mean that Siamese people can't be scientific or they can't learn sciences. The hierarchy in Asian country doesn't give the people freedom, but on the other hand, it makes the country, politics, and culture follow the traditional value. In fact, the true historical King Rama IV who was really a man of Renaissance, he knew several Western languages and studied political science, hard sciences, western cultures, and colonialism. He wanted to bring Siam into the Modern world. In this situation, there appeared an advantage in Siamese culture. It is that the hierarchy in Siam played a very important role to keep the country's society and its political situation stable for Thailand to modernize. In general, I think beside the love story and the music, cultural issues are also interesting aspects of the movie.
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