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Anna and the King (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  17 December 1999 (USA)
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The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
King Mongkut (as Chow Yun-Fat)
Syed Alwi ...
The Kralahome, Prime Minister
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
Lady Thiang, Head Wife
Lord John Bradley
Ann Firbank ...
Lady Bradley
Bill Stewart ...
Mycroft Kincaid, East India Trading Co.


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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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£317,621 (UK) (17 December 1999)


$39,251,128 (USA) (7 April 2000)

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The film was banned in Thailand because of assumed historical inaccuracies about the King of Siam and the time period of the film. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Beautiful, yet it makes me wonder . . .
3 January 2000 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

My overall experience with this film was very good. I felt the detail to costumes and set design was exceptional; we were really transported to Siam in the 1860's. And the acting was excellent, especially Chow Yin Fat, although I felt the relationship between Jodie Foster and Chow Yin Fat was not completely believable. Perhaps, this is because I could not push far from my mind the thought that this is only another movie loosely based on the memoirs by Anna Lenowens. But, this is probably the most realistic of them all. I'd give it 8/10.

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