The King and I

The King and I

Director: Walter Lang Cast: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno
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The King and I

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2006
UPC: 0024543391029
Original Release: 1956
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:13:00

Special Features

Disc One:; Audio commentary by film scholar RIchard Barrios and musical theater historian Michael Portantiere; Exclusive isolated musical score; Songs-only option; Singalong karaoke subtitles (English); Disc Two:; Anna and the King TV pilot with commentary by actress Samantha Eggar; Featurettes - ; "Something Wonderful: The Story of The King and I"; "The Kings of Broadway"; "The King of the Big Screen"; "The King and I Stage Version"; "The King and I: The Royal Archives"; "Restoring Cinemascope 55"; Vintage stage excerpts: songs "Getting to Know You" and "A Puzzlement" performed by broadway stars Patricia Morison and Yul Brynner; Stills and audio from deleted number: "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You?" performed by Deborah Kerr and Morni Nixon; Fox Movietone News including Charity premiere and Yul Brynner Oscar clip

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
Fuji Actor
Marni Nixon Anna (singing)

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- King and I: Feature Film
1. Main Title
2. Siam 1862
3. I Whistle a Happy Tune
4. The Kralahome
5. The Trip Though Bangkok
6. The Royal Palace
7. Anna Meets the King
8. The Harem
9. The March of the Siamese Children
10. Anna and the Royal Wives
11. Hello, Young Lovers
12. East Meets West
13. A Puzzlement
14. The Classroom
15. Getting to Know You
16. Anna Is Summoned
17. Moses, Lincoln, and Elephants
18. Garden Rendezvous
19. We Kiss in a Shadow
20. News From Singapore
21. The King's Promise
22. Lady Thiang's Appeal
23. Something Wonderful
24. Anna's Advice
25. The Temple
26. The Banquet
27. Arrival of the Ambassador
28. Anna and Sir Edward Ramsay
29. The Grand Entrance
30. The Small House of Uncle Thomas
31. "Loving Friends"
32. "The Escape"
33. "King Simon of Legree"
34. "Buddha Make a Miracle"
35. "I Beg of You..."
36. "Poor Little Eva"
37. The Lovers Escape
38. The King's Gift
39. Song of the King
40. Shall We Dance?
41. "Not Holding Two Hands"
42. Tuptim Is Found
43. Leaving Siam
44. The King's Letter
45. Deathbed
46. Princess Ying Yaowalak
47. The Next King
48. No More Bowing
49. Something Wonderful Reprise
Disc #2 -- King and I: Special Features
1. Siam 1862/Main Titles [2:35]
2. High-Class Education [2:35]
3. The Royal Children [4:18]
4. "Barbarian" [3:12]
5. Personal Conflicts [2:57]
6. Old-Fashioned Ideas [3:22]
7. A Form of Democracy [4:23]
8. A House/End Titles [2:30]

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The King and I 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
bamoviegirl More than 1 year ago
one of the best musicals ever made and really amazing love story
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The film is magnificent! Yul Brynner shines in his role as the king, portraying arrogance yet pathos. Music is delightful
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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This is my favorite musical! It has beautiful music and wonderful story. Deborah Kerr shines!!!!!
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yellowroses More than 1 year ago
This is an older movie, but one you won't forget, and is worth adding to ones collection.