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Anna and the King of Siam

Irene Dunne  Actor Rex Harrison  Actor Linda Darnell  Actor Lee J. Cobb  Actor Gale Sondergaard  Actor John Abbott  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Suitable for Children

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Anna and the King of Siam

UPC: 024543172307

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Suitable for Children]

Summary: More serious and less colorful than The King And I, Anna And The King Of Siam is still a well-crafted and elaborate spectacle. Leonowens (Irene Dunne) and her son travel to the tiny kingdom of Siam, where she has been hired to teach Western ways and culture to the multitudes of children sired by the King (Rex Harrison). All too soon, however, the King and Anna clash over the differences in their ways and cultures; Anna is also drawn into a palace romance between the concubine, Tuptim (Linda Darnell), and another man, which ends in tragedy. Whereas The King And I focused on the budding relationship between Anna and the King, the non-musical version is a more straightforward reading of Margaret Landon's book about the real Anna Leonowens. Harrison made his screen debut in the role, which became synonymous with Yul Brynner in the 1956 musical version. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Category: Drama

Awards: Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score - Drama or Comedy – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture – National Board of Review 10 Best Films – Film Daily

Features: cc"Anna and the King: The real story of Anna Leonowens" as seen on biography® on the A&E network
Movietone news footage (Gala Hollywood premiere)
Theatrical trailer
Full frame format (Aspect ratio: 1.33:1)
Audio: English stereo, English mono, Spanish mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Anna and the King of Siam

Release Date: 05/24/2005

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 128 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Main Titles/Culture Gap [7:48]
2. A Strange Country [6:55]
3. First Meeting [:31]
4. Happy Birthday [8:47]
5. Breaking Faith [4:12]
6. No Place Like Home [2:13]
7. Partition [3:00]
8. Two Men [4:41]
9. Back and Forth [4:36]
10. The Middle of the Night [3:17]
11. Slave Girl [2:02]
12. Dear Mr. Lincoln [8:20]
13. Going European [:50]
14. Not a Barbarian [2:02]
15. The Grand Dinner [7:53]
16. Success! [4:55]
17. Tuptim's Trial [5:19]
18. Only Pretending [3:25]
19. Failure [1:53]
20. A Great Tragedy [3:38]
21. Of Much Importance [2:04]
22. Staying On [4:50]
23. Dying Words [3:00]
24. Long Live the King [1:24]

Michael Betzold

Released in 1946, this is the first of four films based on material from the book by Margaret Landon about Anna Leonowens, a 19th-century schoolteacher who becomes a governess to the King of Siam's many children. Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison are the leads in this historical drama that is a faithful adaptation of real-life events, hindered somewhat by the casting of the obviously very Western Harrison as a Siamese monarch. It would be 53 years later before filmmakers approached the material again with an equally serious, sumptuous and historically meticulous attitude, in the Jodie Foster 1999 vehicle Anna and the King. In between, the more successful, more famous, and more frivolous musical version, The King and I (1956), became a theatrical evergreen. And an animated version of The King and I (1998) was made. Besides being the first, the original Anna and the King of Siam has the advantage of a historically accurate attitude without the imposition of later, anachronistic notions of political correctness. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Si-Lan Chen  Actor 
Buff Cobb  Actor 
Lillian Molieri  Actor 
Marianne Quon  Actor 
Dian van den Ecker  Actor 
Sally Benson  Screenwriter 
John Cromwell  Director 
William S. Darling  Composer (Music Score) 
Bernard Herrmann  Composer (Music Score) 
Talbot Jennings  Screenwriter 
Bernard Wheeler  Composer (Music Score) 
Louis D. Lighton  Producer 
Irene Dunne  Actor 
Rex Harrison  Actor 
Linda Darnell  Actor 
Lee J. Cobb  Actor 
Gale Sondergaard  Actor 
Marjorie Eaton  Actor 
William Edmunds  Actor 
Helena Grant  Actor 
John Abbott  Actor 
Dennis Hoey  Actor 
Connie Leon  Actor 
Richard Lyon  Actor 
Stanley Mann  Actor 
Neyle Morrow  Actor 
Mikhail Rasumny  Actor 
Tito Renaldo  Actor 
Addison Richards  Actor 
Julian Rivero  Actor 
Mickey Roth  Actor 
Leonard Strong  Actor 
Jean Wong  Actor 

Country: USA