King Ralph

Crowned with John Goodman's lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O'Toole, King Ralph doesn't carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance.

Cast:
John Goodman Peter O'Toole John Hurt Camille Coduri Richard Griffiths Leslie Phillips

Crowned with John Goodman’s lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O’Toole, King Ralph doesn’t carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance.

Britain’s entire royal family dies in a pre-credit sequence, resulting in a boorish American nightclub entertainer – the product of a dalliance between a prince and the American’s paternal grandmother – becoming king.

After that, it’s a basic fish-out-of-water tale, with King Ralph (Goodman) adjusting to the perks and constraints of nobility, aided by a group of harried advisers including his mentor Willingham (O’Toole) and officious bureaucratic Phipps (Richard Griffiths).

John Hurt plays a British lord seeking to bring the new king down so his own family can regain the throne. He facilitates a liaison between the king and a buxom lower-class British girl (Camille Coduri) in order to force his resignation.

Lensing was done on UK locations and at London’s Pinewood Studios.

King Ralph

Production: Universal/Mirage/Jbro. Director David S. Ward; Producer Jack Brodsky; Screenplay David S. Ward; Camera Kenneth MacMillan; Editor John Jympson; Music James Newton Howard; Art Director Simon Holland

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1991. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: John Goodman Peter O'Toole John Hurt Camille Coduri Richard Griffiths Leslie Phillips

More Film

  • Alexandra Shipp

    Film News Roundup: Alexandra Shipp in Talks for 'Shaft' Sequel

    Crowned with John Goodman’s lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O’Toole, King Ralph doesn’t carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance. Britain’s entire royal family dies in a pre-credit sequence, resulting in a boorish American nightclub entertainer […]

  • Producers Guild Taps Seven Documentary Nominees

    'Cries From Syria,' 'Jane' Among Producers Guild of America's Feature Documentary Nominees

    Crowned with John Goodman’s lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O’Toole, King Ralph doesn’t carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance. Britain’s entire royal family dies in a pre-credit sequence, resulting in a boorish American nightclub entertainer […]

  • Adam Fields Relativity

    Ex-Relativity Executive Adam Fields Accused of Sexual Harassment

    Crowned with John Goodman’s lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O’Toole, King Ralph doesn’t carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance. Britain’s entire royal family dies in a pre-credit sequence, resulting in a boorish American nightclub entertainer […]

  • Wolf Warriors 2

    China Box Office Passes $7.5 Billion Landmark

    Crowned with John Goodman’s lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O’Toole, King Ralph doesn’t carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance. Britain’s entire royal family dies in a pre-credit sequence, resulting in a boorish American nightclub entertainer […]

  • Laura Dern Emmy Award Win

    New York Women in Film & Television to Honor Laura Dern, Judith Light, Others at Muse Awards

    Crowned with John Goodman’s lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O’Toole, King Ralph doesn’t carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance. Britain’s entire royal family dies in a pre-credit sequence, resulting in a boorish American nightclub entertainer […]

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Fox Developing 'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel 'Death on the Nile'

    Crowned with John Goodman’s lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O’Toole, King Ralph doesn’t carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance. Britain’s entire royal family dies in a pre-credit sequence, resulting in a boorish American nightclub entertainer […]

  • 10 Screenwriters to Watch

    Variety Announces 10 Screenwriters to Watch of 2017

    Crowned with John Goodman’s lovable loutishness and a regally droll performance by Peter O’Toole, King Ralph doesn’t carry much weight in the story department, though the wispy premise is handled with a blend of sprightly comedy and sappy romance. Britain’s entire royal family dies in a pre-credit sequence, resulting in a boorish American nightclub entertainer […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content