The King and I

Synopsis: Mrs. Anna Leonowens and her son Louis arrive in Bangkok, where she has been 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. After expressing her unhappiness at being with the King, the slave decides to make an attempt to escape with her lover. Anna and the King start to fall in love, but her headstrong upbringing inhibits her from joining his harem. She is just about to leave Siam but something important she finds out makes her think about changing her mind.
Director(s): Walter Lang
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 11 nominations.
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133 min

Come on, lads, hurry!

We haven't got all day.

Is that it, captain?

Are we here?

Aye, laddie.

That's Bangkok all right.

Louis! Oh, Louis!

Mother! Look, there's Bangkok.

Yes, I know. Isn't it exciting?

Captain, I heard them lowering

the anchor. Is anything wrong?

We have to wait for the afternoon

tide to carry us over the bar.

Oh, I see.

Will the king of Siam come down

to meet us, Mother?

I hardly think so, dear.

Kings don't, as a rule.

Come forward, lads.

They need help in the bow.

Get along there.

That's the royal barge.

The king is coming out to meet us.

It's not the king,

it's the kralahome.

Who is the kralahome?

A sort of a prime minister.

The king's right-hand man,

you might say.

May I look? Please, may I see?

Aye, laddie.

Ma'am, if I might be allowed to offer

you a word of warning...

...that man has power, and he can

use it for you or against you.

You must stop worrying about me,

Captain Orton.

Sometimes I wonder if you know what

you're really facing.

An Englishwoman alone

in a country like Siam.

Oh, it doesn't matter, captain.

I shall have work to do...

...and the king has promised me

a house of my own.

I'll have a place to bring up my boy

as his father would have wished.

Mother, look.

The prime minister is naked!

Oh, don't be ridiculous, Louis.

He can't be naked.

He's only...


They look so cruel, Mother.

Father wouldn't have liked us

to be afraid, would he?

No, Louis. Father would not have

liked us to be afraid.

Not ever.

Doesn't anything ever frighten you?

Oh, yes, sometimes.

- What do you do?

- I whistle.

Oh, that's why you whistle.

That's why I whistle.

Whenever I feel afraid

I hold my head erect

And whistle a happy tune

So no one will suspect

I'm afraid

While shivering in my shoes

I strike a careless pose

And whistle a happy tune

And no one ever knows

I'm afraid

The result of this deception

Is very strange to tell

For when I fool the people I fear

I fool myself as well

I whistle a happy tune

And every single time

The happiness in the tune

Convinces me that I'm

Not afraid

Make believe you're brave

And the trick will take you far

You may be as brave

As you make believe you are

You may be as brave

As you make believe you are

I think that's a very good idea,

Mother. A very good idea.

Yes, it is a good idea, isn't it?

I don't think I shall

ever be afraid again.


The result of this deception

Is very strange to tell

For when I fool the people I fear

I fool myself as well

Mrs. Leonowens, may I present his

excellency, the kralahome.

Sir, you are lady who will be

schoolmistress of the royal children?

- Yes.

- He called you "sir. "

Hush, dear, hush.

Have you friends in Bangkok?

I know no one in Bangkok at all.

His excellency wishes to know,

are you married, sir?

I am a widow.

What manner of man,

your deceased husband?

My husband was an officer

of Her Majesty's Army in...

Tell your master

his business with me... as schoolteacher

to the royal children.

He has no right to pry

into my personal affairs.

He hasn't, Captain Orton.

I don't like that man.

In foreign country is best

you like everyone until you leave.

You might at least have told us

you speak English, Your Excellency.

It is not necessary for schoolteacher

to know everything at once.

You come with me now.

Your baggages shall be carried

to palace later.

Just a minute. Not the palace.

I am not living in the palace.

- Who say?

- The king say- Says.

In his letter of agreement,

he promised me 20 a month...

...and a house of my own

outside the palace walls.

King do not always remember

what he promise.

Then you will have to remind him.

If I tell king he break this promise,

I will make anger in him.

I think is better if king's anger

reserved for more important matters.

Very well, then. If you are

afraid to tell him, I will.

I should like to see him at once,

while there's time for me... return to England on this boat.

King very busy now.

Your Excellency, all I want is

a few minutes audience with him.

I have come here to work

and I intend to work...

...but I shall take nothing less

than I have been promised.

You will tell king this?

I will tell king this.

It should be very interesting meeting.

You come now!

If you change your mind...

Goodbye, Captain Orton,

and thank you for everything.

Good luck, ma'am.

- Goodbye, captain.

- Goodbye, laddie.

Take good care of your mother now.

King in bad spirit today.

Suggest schoolteacher wait

for better day.

My spirit is just as bad, your

excellency. I cannot wait.

Man is Lun Tha, emissary from

court of Burma.

He bring present to king

from prince of Burma.

Her name is Tuptim.

Why, that girl is a present?

For king.

King is pleased with her.

Sorry. King has concluded audience.

Well, you mean I cannot see him?

Not today.

Louis, come with me.

You cannot do this!

- Your Majesty.

- Who, who, who?

Your Majesty, is new English


Mrs. Anna Leonowens and son.

Louis Leonowens.

You are schoolteacher?

Yes, Your Majesty. But before I start

my work here, there is one point-

You are part of general plan I have

for bringing to Siam...

...what is good in Western culture.

Already I have bring printing press

here for printing.

- Yes, I know, Your Majesty.

- How you know?

Before I signed our agreement, I found

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Ernest Lehman

Ernest Paul Lehman was an American screenwriter. He received six Academy Award nominations during his career, without a single win. more…

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