The King and I
The King and I (1956)

The King and I, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's 1951 Broadway musical hit, was based on Margaret Landon's book Anna and the King of Siam. Since 20th-Century-Fox had made a film version of the Landon book in 1946, that studio… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 29, 1956
DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Typically overproduced.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

If you don't...see [The King and I], believe us, you'll be missing a grand and moving thing.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

A boisterous, big-costumed classic musical.

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Variety Staff

All the ingredients that made Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I a memorable stage experience have been faithfully transferred to the screen.

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TV Guide

Starring Yul Brynner in the part he seemed born to play, this is a fine if slightly stage-bound example of the 1950s Hollywood musical spectacular.

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Emanuel Levy

Walter Lang's screen version is too theatrical but the score by Rodgers and Hammerstein is glorious and the acting by Yul Brynner in his most iconic role and Deborah Kerr is superb, overcoming Marnie Nixon's colorless voice.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Over-long but visually spectacular.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A beautiful film with a score I didn't much care for.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A chronicle of colonialism that poses itself as an easy-to-dismiss artifact, yet reveals itself to be an enduring statement about why people can't get along.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An English teacher takes up residence in the King of Siam's palace. There are some films that succumb to what I call the "D.W. Griffiths… More
Wahida K
The Remake was better just like the Original one.
Christian C
Great musical if not somewhat racist with Yul Brynner playing an Asian king.
Mark Hobin
Simply put, a perfect adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical about Anna and the King of Siam. The sets are stunning, the costumes are… More
Kevin M. Williams
Sumptuous as this is undoubtedly, it's the battle between Kerr and Brynner that's most memorable. Brynner won Best Oscar for his performance ... see… More
Morgan Salem
i still cannot believe that the king dies at the end! tears!! ;(