The King and I (1999)

G   |    |  Animation, Family, Fantasy


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Traveling to the exotic kingdom of Siam, English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens soon discovers that her most difficult challenge is the stubborn, imperious King himself.

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Director:

Richard Rich

Writers:

Oscar Hammerstein II (adapted from the musical by), Arthur Rankin Jr. (conceived and adapted for animation), Peter Bakalian (screenplay), Jacqueline Feather (screenplay), David Seidler (screenplay), Brian Nissen (additional dialogue)

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25 March 1999 | Hitchcoc
5
| What a Waste of Time and Money
Having two younger children, I try to take them to movies like this, sight or review unseen, when I can. They, like most kids, have seen the violence, heard the profanity, and fell into the lowest common denominator of most movies being made today. That's what makes this such a disappointment. I like to observe their reactions and their responses and not rain on their parades. But all they talked about when the thing was over was the guy who kept losing his teeth (remember that from the original Broadway musical?), and the mango throwing monkey. This is their memory of "The King and I." Both my kids have visited Thailand and I thought perhaps this would bring up some of the spirit of that world. Instead, we have this exploitative mess that throws out most of the cultural issues and the dramatic impact for a supernatural villain (where did he get these powers? The King didn't have any, other than incredible athleticism). And, of course, is there a movie around that doesn't have a Martial Arts component? I know that kickboxing is big in Thailand but.... I am generally very accepting of the things that are put out there for the kids, but this was terrible. A message to the producers: "Please, please, please, leave Rodgers and Hammerstein alone. I don't want to watch an interplanetary war version of "Oklahoma"!

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Details

Release Date:

19 March 1999

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,007,565 (USA) (21 March 1999)

Gross:

$11,956,538 (USA) (30 May 1999)

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