The King and I (1956)

Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has contracted to teach English to the children of the royal household. She threatens to leave when the house she had been promised is not available, but falls in love with the children. A new slave, a gift of a vassal king, translates "Uncle Tom's Cabin" into a Siamese ballet, expressing her unhappiness at being with the King. She attempts to escape with her lover. Anna and the King fall in love, but her British upbringing inhibits her from joining his harem. She is just about to leave Siam when she hears of the King's imminent death, and returns to help his son, her favorite pupil, rule his people.

Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 96% / Audience 83%

8/10

Rated G 2 hr 13 mins

GENRES
Drama • Family • Music • Romance
DIRECTION
Walter Lang
CAST
Deborah Kerr  •  Yul Brynner  •  Rita Moreno  •  Martin Benson

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CAST & CHARACTERS
Deborah Kerr Anna Leonowens
Yul Brynner King Mongkut 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 Sir John Hay
Geoffrey Toone Sir Edward Ramsay
Charles Irwin Capt. Orton (uncredited)