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Anna and the King (Widescreen)

Jodie Foster , Yun-Fat Chow , Andy Tennant    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Academy Award winner Jodie Foster and international action star Chow Yun-Fat bring to life the epic true story of a woman who challenged the heart of a king and inspired the destiny of a nation. English school teacher Anna Leonowens has traveled to Siam to educate the fifty-eight children of King Mongkut. If she has preconceived notions about the East, the King has similar notions about the West. But amid the danger of growing political unrest, their respect for each other slowly turns into something more.

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Anna et le Roi (Anna and the King) est un film américain de Andy Tennant sorti en 1999.... Anna et le Roi est l'ultime remake s'inspirant des écrits biographiques d'Anna Leonowens, qui, en 1862, accepta de quitter l'Angleterre avec son jeune fils pour rejoindre le Siam et devenir préceptrice de la famille du roi. Le film d'Andy Tennant n'est pas totalement à la hauteur des précédentes adaptations, notamment celle de Walter Lang avec Yul Brunner et Deborah Kerr. Néanmoins, Anna et le Roi est une très belle échappée en Cinémascope, non pas sur les routes du Siam, qui n'existe plus, mais sur celles de Malaisie où le film a été tourné. Les paysages sont magnifiques et superbement rendus par un parfait étalonnage des couleurs, nuancées, naturelles et rayonnantes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a "box-office failure" indeed April 20 2001
Format:VHS Tape
What can one say about this pretty but slushy, mushy film. Hmmm..it's boring, Jodie Foster was miscast, people reacted to this film when it was released in the theatres just like Superman reacts to Kryptonite.
I watched this film with an open mind; I realised that it was not the usaual action-packed Chow Yun Fat flick but this was beyond painful..
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bold Attempt at a Classic March 11 2014
This film was obviously intended to be a timeless masterpiece. Although it fails in this respect, it remains a worthwhile historical film. The directing is very good, but for some awkwardly timed shots. The writing ranges from good to satisfactory. You cannot establish the apathy of a character in one scene and then expect us for feel for his personal sentimentality in the next. The extravagance of the kingdom we see is both grotesque in its excess and beautiful in its elegance. The film does not pretend that many are not suffering so that others may live in such luxury, although it spends much time empathizing with the one who suppresses them. Although it is based on history and the strong influence of a well-intended woman on a society, ultimately this is an ego-based romance story; a British woman who finds herself taken with the bold (but socially disciplined) absolutist of a luxurious exotic kingdom, who has 25 wives, not counting his concubines. I feel that the writers lacked focus on what they wanted to communicate with the film.

On a side note, Jodie Foster delivers a solid performance like always. All the acting is good in this one, even by the child actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for a classic movie on DVD. Dec 2 2013
By Kelvin
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It is greatly appreciated to view this movie on DVD as we had it on VHS only...one that we enjoy watching from time to time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anna and The King July 31 2013
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I had seen the movie before, but it was one I knew I would want to watch many times. The movie arrived quickly and in excellent condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars anna and the king July 19 2013
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wonderful movies and history telling in such a way that you are glue to television to see how the people had to live and fight for the freedom..... the love between anna and the king is so wonderful....you wish they would really be marry...

I love both of the actors..... please bring us some more good stories about the life and legends... sincerely marcelle thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bon film May 7 2013
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Le film Anna and the King a été reçu en bon état et conforme à l'annonce du vendeur. Le DVD fonctionne très bien.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anna and the King review June 6 2012
By Duchess TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I bought this because Jodie Foster was the lead role in this film and also on the fact that she has done other interesting roles (eg: Nell). This is based on diaries written by Anna Leonowens (Jodie Foster). While she has preconceived notions of the East, the king (Chow Yun-Fat), has preconceived notions of the West. In spite of the danger of the growing political unrest, the respect for each other slowly turns into something more. Also starring in this movie is Geoffrey Palmer (As Time Goes By), Tom Felton (Louis, Anna's son). I would highly recommend this movie. It has a great story, wonderful scenery and a good cast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I am originally from Montreal, Canada, where Anna Leonowens ended her days and is buried in Mount Royal cemetery, where most of my relatives now rest in peace. I have been familiar with her story since childhood (I am now in my 50's) and I love both this film and Margaret Langdon's book.

However, I have read very few reviews that point out just how much, unlike the previous other three versions - two of them "musicals" - available on DVD, this film version is at first unsympathetic, if not downright critical, of Anna's Imperialist and Colonial attitudes and opinions.

These were taken for granted and apparently supported, never questioned, by Rodgers and Hammerstein in their musical version - which, because of this, now appears somewhat "outdated". Since, in the musical, the composer and lyricist were not sensitive enough to the social and political implications of their approach, Anna's story is, to this day, still banned in Thailand...

In this version, King Mongkut fares a lot better and is treated with greater respect. A highly cultured and civilized monarch, he is understandably at a loss when "Hurricane Anna" first arrives at court! His is a far cry from Yul Brynner's broad interpretation, where he was portrayed as a "barbarian"; where Anna could do no wrong! This is a fresh, different, multicultural approach to a well-know, well-loved tale.

In this age of the Global Village and multiculturalism, all cultures deserve greater respect than they once received in the 19th century. Could this be one of the main points of this "remake": to set the record straight and hopefully correct the situation?

In spite of its flaws (well represented in other reviews), this film is well worth watching many times. Who knows? It might help us uncover and correct our own negative views as we relate to other peoples and cultures...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. T
An excellent movie! I can now dispose of my VHS of this movie. I have the original with Yul Brenner but this updated version is much better.
Published on May 15 2011 by Mrs. T
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a delightful story
After losing her husband in the jungle of India, Anna Leonowens embarks in a journey that will take her to Siam, where she will tutor the oldest son of King Mongkut. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Sebastian Fernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Had to watch for a school project...
I thought that this film was very beautiful in content...this film had some real substance to it, and the actors did an excellent job in the portrayal of the characters... Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by Christopher Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars I Keep Coming Back
It didn't surprise me when this first came out that it didn't get very good reviews. I almost didn't see it myself, but once I did see it, I just kept coming back. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003 by Margaret Magnus
5.0 out of 5 stars It keeps on getting better
Everytime I watch this movie, I'm awestruck at the beauty and wonder of it. From the scenery, to the drama, to the love story, and finally and most of all, to the music, I'm drawn... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2003 by Suzanne D. Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Jodie Foster just gets better and better...
Having read the book and seen several versions of the musical on film and on stage, and being a true lover of the story of Anna Leonowens' experiences as teacher to the children of... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by Terry Downey
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