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The King and I, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1951 Broadway musical hit, was based on Margaret Landon's book Anna and the King of Siam. Since 20th-Century-Fox had made a film version of the Landon book in 1946, that studio had first dibs on the movie adaptation of The King and I. Deborah Kerr plays English widow Anna Leonowens, who comes to Siam in the 1860s to tutor the many wives and children of the country's progressive King Yul Brynner, recreating his Broadway role-and winning an Oscar in the ...
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The King and I, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1951 Broadway musical hit, was based on Margaret Landon's book Anna and the King of Siam. Since 20th-Century-Fox had made a film version of the Landon book in 1946, that studio had first dibs on the movie adaptation of The King and I. Deborah Kerr plays English widow Anna Leonowens, who comes to Siam in the 1860s to tutor the many wives and children of the country's progressive King Yul Brynner, recreating his Broadway role-and winning an Oscar in the process. The culture clash between Anna and the King is but one aspect of their multilayered relationship. Through Anna, the King learns the refineries and responsibilities of "modern" western civilization; Anna meanwhile comes to realize how important it is for an Oriental ruler to maintain his pride and to uphold the customs of his people. After a successful evening entertaining foreign dignitaries, Anna and the King celebrate with an energetic dance, but this is cut short by a bitter quarrel over the cruel punishment of the King's new Burmese wife Tuptim Rita Moreno, who has dared to fall in love with someone else. Despite the many rifts between them, Anna and the monarch come to respect and to a degree love one another. When the King dies, Anna agrees to stay on to offer help and advice to the new ruler of Siam, young Prince Chulalongkhorn Patrick Adiarte. In general, The King and I tends to be somewhat stagey, with the notable exception of the matchless "Small House of Uncle Thomas" ballet, which utilizes the Cinemascope 55 format to best advantage the process also does a nice job of "handling" Deborah Kerr's voluminous hoopskirts. Most of the Broadway version's best songs "Getting to Know You," "Whistle a Happy Tune," "A Puzzlement," "Shall We Dance" etc. are retained. None of the omissions are particularly regrettable, save for Anna's solo "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" This feisty attack on the King's chauvinism was specially written to suit the talents of Gertrude Lawrence, who played Anna in the original production; the song was cut from the film because it made Deborah Kerr seem "too bitchy" Kerr's singing, incidentally, is dubbed for the most part by the ubiquitous Marni Nixon. When all is said and done, the principal attraction of The King and I is Yul Brynner, in the role that made him a star and with which he will forever be identified.
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The King and I typifies the elaborate Broadway musical adaptations with which Hollywood studios often tried to fight the advance of television of 1950s. Shot in an extreme widescreen version of CinemaScope to counter the smallness of the TV screen, the film offers equally grand set design, costumes, and cinematography. The songs and performances are equally impressive: Yul Brynner won an Oscar for his career-best performance as the King of Siam; and Deborah Kerr's singing was dubbed by the capable Marni Nixon, who had been responsible for Natalie Wood's singing voice in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn's in My Fair Lady. Based on the book Anna and the King of Siam, the story has been filmed at least three times: as the 1946 drama Anna and the King of Siam; as an animated musical of the same name, in 1999; and the non-musical Anna and the King, also from that same year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/1992
  • UPC: 086162100437
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Anna Leonowens
Yul Brynner The King of Siam
Rita Moreno Tuptim
Martin Benson Kralahome
Terry Saunders Lady Thiang
Rex Thompson Louis Leonowens
Carlos Rivas Lun Tha
Patrick Adiarte Prince Chulalongkorn
Alan Mowbray British Ambassador
Geoffrey Toone Ramsay
Yuriko Eliza, in ballet
Marion Jim Simon Legree, in ballet
Robert Banas Keeper of the Dogs
Dusty Worrall Uncle Thomas, in ballet
Gernze de Lappe Specialty Dancer
Charles Irwin Ship's Captain
Leonard Strong Interpreter
Jadin Wong Amazon
Jean Wong Amazon
Weaver Levy Whipping Guard
William Yip High Priest
Eddie Luke Messenger
Josephine Smith Guest at Palace
Thomas and Dennis Bonifla Twins
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Marni Nixon Voice Only
Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Charles Brackett Producer
Ken Darby Score Composer
John De Cuir Production Designer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Robbins Choreography
Richard Rodgers Score Composer
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert L. Simpson Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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  • Posted June 1, 2013

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    one of the best musicals ever made and really amazing love story

    one of the best musicals ever made and really amazing love story

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    one very amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glorious to Behold

    Fifty years and counting, this is a show that is in the memory of many forever...the legendary performance of Yul Brynner, the elegance of Deborah Kerr in her whirling hoopskirts...the beautiful Rodgers and Hammerstein score conducted Alfred Newman...A bit innacurate historically? Well, yes...But it is still a feast for the eyes and ears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best!

    I've loved this musical since I was a child..and was happy to get a personal copy. Yul Brynner is excellent..the whole storyline is beautiful and the raw connection between Anna and the King is magical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic. One of Yul Brynner's finest.

    I thought this movie was fantastic. I could watch it over and over again. If the tape wears out I'll just purchase another one. Yul Brynnner's part of the King of Siam will always be remembered. He was a 'King' in his own right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best Musical Love Stories.

    I was brought up on this movie when I was a child. It is a wonderful love story, Yul plays a magnificent king. I could see why they brought him to the screen to reprise his role. And for that he won an oscar. The part of Anna, should have gone to someone else. But at this moment I cannot think of anyone. But, Marni Nixon does a lovely voice over. I seriously insist that when you get this movie, you will love all the songs. The most enchanting part is the love that you see the king expressing over Anna. Which is seen the most in the dancing scene. Like I, years later, love this musical, and hoping soon I get it in the DVD quality. I find myself singing songs from it still.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful king & I

    The film is magnificent! Yul Brynner shines in his role as the king, portraying arrogance yet pathos. Music is delightful

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    King and I

    This is an older movie, but one you won't forget, and is worth adding to ones collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Somthing Wonderful!

    This is my favorite musical! It has beautiful music and wonderful story. Deborah Kerr shines!!!!!

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