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Anna and the King (1999)

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The story of the romance between the King of Siam and the widowed British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860's.

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Cast

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King Mongkut (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Syed Alwi ...
The Kralahome, Prime Minister
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Kay Siu Lim ...
Prince Chowfa, King Mongkut's Brother
Melissa Campbell ...
Keith Chin ...
Mano Maniam ...
Moonshee, Leonowens' Indian Servant
Shanthini Venugopal ...
Beebe, Leonowens' Indian Servant
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Lady Thiang, Head Wife
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Lord John Bradley
Ann Firbank ...
Lady Bradley
Bill Stewart ...
Mycroft Kincaid, East India Trading Co.
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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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schoolteacher | siam | king | 1860s | children | See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some intense violent sequences | See all certifications »

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17 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£317,621 (UK) (17 December 1999)

Gross:

$39,251,128 (USA) (7 April 2000)
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At first it seemed that the film would be made on location in Thailand, but even after some script revisions had been made, negotiations between the production company and the Thai government failed to come to agreement about the script's final content and the production crew was denied permission to film in Thailand. The Thai authorities maintained that there were still too many historical inaccuracies for it to be acceptable. Instead it was filmed in neighboring Malaysia. See more »

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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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I fell in love
25 May 2003 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

I do not wish to cloud this review/comment with highs and low's. all i want to say is that this movie, the second time that i see it, has become my favourite. i felt the emotion, i felt the anger, and i felt the forbidden chemistry. i cried. it was lovely. i am not ordinarily a jodie foster fan and Chow yun-fat has up until now escaped my notice. i fell in love with both if them in this movie. chow made a dashing king, his performance wonderful, romantic and...well, i fell in love. haha.

the sets...breathtaking. i also have to add that the children. where did they find them? i fell in love with the them, the little princess, the kings favourite, all the children.

again, my favourite - ever. im so glad i have it on tape, not i can go back and watch it endlessly. yes, the original was great, the later adaptation good too, this, this is different.

10!


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