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The King and I (1956)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 27, 1999
 R2: 8 Mar 2004

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Running Time
2 hours, 13 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox

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• The King and I
• Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I (1956)

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Genre: Adventure, Romance, Comedy, Family, Musical, Period Piece, Love, Epic

Tagline: In the complete grandeur of Cinemascope 55! Richer - Deeper - Clearer!

Plot: Rogers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical, adapted from Margaret Landon's fact-based novel and the 1946 film ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM, makes a spectacularly successful move to the silver screen in the Yul Brynner tour de force THE KING AND I. Brynner, reprising the role he'd polished to perfection on stage, plays the blustering, headstrong Siamese potentate who meets his match in the form of Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr), the prim and proper English widow he's hired to oversee the rearing of his huge, unruly flock of children.

Director Walter Lang (TIN PAN ALLEY) presents THE KING AND I, one of the most popular musicals in cinema history, as a dizzyingly bountiful Technicolor feast. Kerr (aided during songs by the overdubbed voice of Marni Nixon) contributes a dynamic performance that is every bit the equal of Brynner's transcendent, career-defining turn, for which he won an Academy Award. The delightful score, which also garnered an Oscar, includes three perennial favorite show tunes: "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Getting to Know You," and "Shall We Dance?"

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 Directed by
Walter Lang
Desk Set, Cheaper by the Dozen, There's No Business Like Show Business
 Written by
Oscar Hammerstein II
Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel
Margaret Landon
The King and I
Deborah Kerr
From Here to Eternity, Casino Royale, An Affair to Remember
Yul Brynner
The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments, Westworld
Rita Moreno
Singin' in the Rain, West Side Story, Angus
Martin Benson
Goldfinger, The Omen, A Shot in the Dark
Rex Thompson
Young Bess, The Eddy Duchin Story, All Mine to Give
Carlos Rivas
True Grit, The Unforgiven, The Undefeated
 Music By
Richard Rodgers
Dancer in the Dark, South Pacific, Pal Joey

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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Ten Commandments, The (1956)

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