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Anna and the King (1999)
Jodie Foster, Chow Yun-Fat, Bai Ling, Tom Felton, Syed Alwi, Randall Duk Kim
Steve Meerson, Peter Krikes
Anna and the King (1999)
An old-fashioned historical romance (precisely the kind "they don't make anymore") based on the (supposedly) true story of the 19th century British governess whose story was told in The King and I. Anna Leonowens (Jodie Foster) is hired to tutor the children of the King of Siam (Chow Yun-Fat), but ends up giving their monarch father a lesson in ruling with compassion. Adapted from Leonowens' two books Romance of the Harem and The English Governess at the Court of Siam.
Anna and the King (1999) | Review
Anna and the King
David Bruce, Webmaster
WEST MEETS EAST.
"When I finished the 'Anna' script I was welling up with tears, not because it was such a big canvas, but because it's a story of a woman who changed the heart of a king. Two people sacrifice the love of their lives for a higher ideal."
Jodie Foster says:
English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens has done something that women of the Victorian age simply never do: The young widow has traveled thousands of miles with her son to Siam, a land that is largely unknown to the Western world.
Anna has been employed to educate the king's fifty-eight children. She knows very little of King Mongkut, apart from the fact that his people revere him as a god. She brings with her an "East vs. West" prejudice against the king, considering him to be uncivilized. She soon realizes that her views are more than matched by the ruler's own preconceptions about the West and particularly this impertinent English woman.
But over time, Anna and the King share a growing connection. Anna discovers that Mongkut is a true man of vision who is leading Siam to take its place among the nations of the modern world. And the King recognizes that Anna has shined a light not only on him and his family, but on Siam itself.
ABOUT SLAVERY AND RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE.
USING HARRIET BEECHER STOWE TO SET THE SLAVES FREE.
Anna gives a copy of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's cabin to the King's son. In America slaves were slaves only until Stowe wrote about them in this powerful book. Lincoln credited her for having started the Civil War. It is this book in the film that begins the liberation of the slaves in Siam.
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