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King Ralph

King Ralph

David S Ward (1991)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Even the slobbish charm of Roseanne's John Goodman can't save this horribly misconceived comedy of palace shenanigans. When the entire British royal family is wiped out in a freak photography accident, the unlikely successor turns out to be a Las Vegas entertainer (Goodman), who proceeds to bumble his way through the affairs of state with the assistance of adviser Peter O'Toole. The latter, and John Hurt as a scheming courtier, look to be having a hugely enjoyable time, but the talented cast is let down by writer/director David S Ward's dim script and theme-park (spotted dick, chirpy cockneys) view of British life.


A slobbish Las Vegas lounge singer succeeds the British throne when a freak accident wipes out the entire royal family. A loyal aristocrat desperately tries to stop the loud-mouthed American unwittingly bringing the monarchy into disrepute, while a scheming lord plots to make his reign a short one. Comedy, starring John Goodman, Peter O'Toole, John Hurt and Richard Griffiths.

Cast & Crew

Ralph Jones John Goodman
Cedric Willingham Peter O'Toole
Lord Graves John Hurt
Miranda Camille Coduri
Phipps Richard Griffiths
Gordon Leslie Phillips
Hale James Villiers
Princess Anna Joely Richardson
King Gustav Julian Glover
King Mulambon Rudolph Walker
Director David S Ward
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: May be edited for language. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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