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Still shot from the movie: Anna and the King of Siam.

Anna and the King of Siam

When a young widow (Irene Dunne) is hired as a governess for the family of the King of Siam (Rex Harrison), she teaches them more than just English. In return, they help her see beyond their cultural differences. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 20 Jun 1946
Video Release: 23 May 2005
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Pocahontas is the tale of another woman whose legend has over shadowed her reality. It is interesting to contrast the various film versions of Mrs. Leonowen’s experiences in Siam. In the King and I (1956), actress Deborah Kerr puts a romantic spin on her relationship with the monarch, played by Yul Brynner, when she asks, “Shall We Dance?” The more-serious remake of Anna and the King in 1999 allows Yun-Fat Chow to present a more intelligent and political savvy ruler, while Jodi Foster lets her character fall prey to her imperfect pride.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
Fox Home Entertainment presents this tuneless version of Anna Leonowen’s tale, which was put to film before Rodgers & Hammerstein penned their famous musical. The DVD release includes the Fox Movietone News: Gala Hollywood Premiere, and an A&E episode of Biography titled, Anna and the King - The Real Story of Anna Leonowen. Fans of this story, familiar with the various screen and written accounts, will appreciate this in-depth look at the woman behind the legend. And although it proves you can’t believe everything you see or read, it will still give you a great appreciation for this remarkable, self-made lady. Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio tracks are available in English and Spanish, with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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