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King And I

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
7.80 /10
Deborah Kerr (songs dubbed by Marni Nixon), Yul Brynner , Rita Moreno
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Directed by: Walter Lang
Written by: Ernest Lehman, from the musical by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

Released: 1956
Origin: US
Length: 133


A prim governess (Deborah Kerr) tries to educate the children of the King of Thailand (Yul Brynner).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Thrilling, picturesque musical, based on a story previously filmed as Anna and the King of Siam. It is adorned with an all-time-great performance by Yul Brynner, and one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's finest scores. Great pieces of staging include Shall We Dance, The March of the Siamese Children, and The Little House of Uncle Thomas. The colonial and racial overtones may make modern viewers queasy, but they are handled with considerable tact. It deservedly won Oscars for art direction, Irene Sharaff's costumes, Alfred Newman and Ken Darby's scoring. Leon Shamroy's photography was nominated.

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