Anna and the King is a 1999 biographical drama film loosely based on the 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam (and its 1946 film adaptation), which give a fictionalised account of the diaries of Anna Leonowens. The story concerns Anna, an English schoolteacher in Siam, now Thailand, in the late 19th century, who becomes the teacher of King Mongkut's many children and wives.
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Anna and the King (1999)
Directed by Andy Tennant
Genres - Epic, Romance | Sub-Genres - Period Film, Romantic Epic | Release Date - Dec 17, 1999 (USA) | Run Time - 147 min. | Countries - USA | MPAA Rating - PG13
Synopsis by Mark Deming
The true story of Anna Leonowens' experiences as a governess to the children of an eccentric Asian king has been adapted into a book of memoirs, a biography, a stage play called Anna and the King of Siam -- which was adapted into a 1946 film, a stage musical called The King and I -- made into both the live-action The King and I (1956)) and the animated The King and I (1999) feature films, and a short-lived 1972 TV series. Now the story is brought to the screen yet again, as Jodie Foster stars as Leonowens, hired by the king of Thailand (Chow Yun-Fat) in the 19th century to help care for his children. The king wants the best for his children, but Anna soon discovers that he is a strong-willed but quixotic leader, and her stay in Thailand becomes a struggle for power with romantic overtones, as they decide who will have authority over the royal youngsters. Anna and the King was directed by Andy Tennant, best known for his 1998 variation on the Cinderella story, Ever After.
Governess, King, Widow/widower, Nanny, Thailand, Culture-Clash, Will [document], Child, High Production Values, Romance, Nannies and Caregivers, Opposites Attract, Servants and Employers, In the Mood for Love, Crowned Heads, Culture Clash, Interracial/Cross-Cultural
Rated PG-13 for some intense violent sequences
Chakri Dynasty, Androgyny, Capital Punishment, Traitor, Southeast Asia, Father Daughter Relationship, Death Of Child, Based On True Story, Character Name In Title, Surprise Ending, Class Differences, Dowry, Execution, Murder, Boat, Elephant, Mother Son Relationship, Forbidden Love, Xenophobia, Slavery, Involuntary Servitude, Single Parent, Birthday Party, Beach, Ambassador, Monarchy, Foreign Diplomat, Bridge, Polygamy, Public Execution, Buddhism, Casteism, River, Widow, Decapitation, Mistress, Poison, Paddle Steamer, Music Box, Massacre, Mass Hanging, Letter, General, Fireworks, Father Son Relationship, Explosion, Egg, Dancing, Class, Cholera, Children's Choir, Book, Ship, Prime Minister, Harbor, Waltz, Trumpet, Trial, Treason, Temple, Telescope, Teaching, School, Ring, Rain, Prince, Palace, Royal Tutor, Briton Abroad, Four Word Title, 19th century, Dead Children, Box Office Flop
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