Anna and the King of Siam

Synopsis: In 1862, young English widow Anna Owens accepts the job of teaching the royal children of Siam. On her arrival in Bangkok, culture clash is immediate. The king respects Anna for standing up to him, though this appalls his courtiers. In due course, she becomes the king's confidant and diplomatic advisor; their relationship endures through many trials.
Director(s): John Cromwell
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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128 min

Come here and wait quietly.

- You will come this way.

- Thank you.

You will wait.

What shall I draw now?

- Well, let's see. Draw an elephant.

- I just did.

I wish we could go.

We're going to wait.

My master wishes to know why

you come here, what you want.

Tell His Excellency

I did not understand...

the honor he paid me

in coming to meet me.

I'm sorry I behaved ungraciously

and I came here to tell him so.

My master wishes to know if mem truly

regrets sin of having bad temper...

or if she only says so

in order to ask favor of him?


Tell him it's both.

I am sorry and I would like his help

in getting started with my work.

Why doesn't he have a coat on?

You make me wear one.

- Quiet, dear.

- Let's go. I don't think I like him.

- What is your name, boy?

- Louis Owens, sir.

- Are you afraid of me?

- I don't think so.

That is good. I like you.

- Take seat. Sit down.

- Thank you.

Your Excellency speaks English.

I didn't know.

Not necessary to know everything

in first minutes.

What for you object to live in palace?

Your Excellency,

I must have a place of my own...

where I can go when my duties

are over for the day.

What you wish to do evenings

that cannot be done in palace?

You don't understand,

Your Excellency.

It isn't for some foolish reason.

I came here to teach because I must work

to support myself and my son.

- Why you not marry again?

- Oh, no. Not ever.

The only thing I want now

is to bring up my son.

He's very like his father,

and I want him to grow up that way.

That's difficult to do

in a strange country.

That's why we must

have a home of our own.

This is very important to me,

Your Excellency.

- Please believe that.

- You say king promise you this house?

- Yes. I have the letter.

- You do not show me. I do not think you lie.

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Talbot Jennings

Talbot Jennings (August 24, 1894 – May 30, 1985) was an American playwright and screenwriter. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Writing and Screenplay, for Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935 and Anna and the King of Siam in 1946. more…

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