Review: ‘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.

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
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