In addition to witty, rat-a-tat dialogue and a fun plot that also touches on social issues of the day, the film is a visual spectacle, too. The songs are of course classic, and the sequence wherein a Siamese version of Uncle Tom's Cabin is presented as a play is an amazing work of art. Though it runs well into two hours long, the film is never tiresome, even when Kerr threatens to leave Siam for the umpteenth time. It's funny and touching, an altogether classic movie of the first rank.
The new 50th Anniversay Edition DVD (also included in the Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection box set) includes two discs, with commentary track, making-of featurettes, restoration footage, an additional song, and archival featurettes.
Run time: 133 mins
In Theaters: Friday 29th June 1956
Box Office Worldwide: $21.3M
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 24 Rotten: 1
IMDB: 7.5 / 10
Director: Walter Lang
Producer: Charles Brackett
Screenwriter: Ernest Lehman
Starring: Deborah Kerr as Anna Leonowens, Yul Brynner as King Mongkut of Siam, Rita Moreno as Tuptim, Martin Benson as Kralahome, Terry Saunders as Lady Thiang, Rex Thompson as Louis Leonowens, Carlos Rivas as Lun Tha, Patrick Adiarte as Prince Chulalongkorn, Alan Mowbray as Sir John Hay, Geoffrey Toone as Sir Edward Ramsay, Charles Irwin as Capt. Orton (uncredited)
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