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Anna And The King

While several adaptations tell the tale of the English widow hired by King Mongkut of Siam to teach his wives and children in the 1860's, this is a much more serious adaptation of the experiences of Anna Leonowens. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 148
Theater Release: 15 Dec 1999
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How is the depiction of Western superiority different in this movie compared to, The King And I (1956 musical) or the 1946 movie Anna And The King Of Siam?

This film explores the King’s character in more depth. How do you feel about the King’s insistence that he appear to be in control and not to be taking Anna’s advice? How do you feel about his decision in the Tuptin affair? Did Anna’s actions have any bearing on his choice?

For information about the real Anna Leonowens and King Mongkut, you may want to check these links: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/7545/Mongkut.html http://www.ljworld.com/forum/messages-ku/125.html

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