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King Ralph

John Goodman , Peter O'Toole , David S. Ward    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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David Ward made his reputation on his original screenplay of The Sting, but his career as a director has been built on lightweight comedies filled with generous spirit and slight aspirations. King Ralph delivers on that level. After a freak accident kills every immediate member of the British royal family, a search of the royal bloodline uncovers an unlikely candidate: portly Las Vegas lounge singer John Goodman. How will this gauche, exuberant red-blooded American mix with the snooty aristocratic bluebloods? Blustery, big-hearted Goodman brings the common touch to the palace with the enthusiastic spirit of a beer-guzzling, burger-eating Everyman who hammers out a mean rock & roll piano--even at official functions. John Hurt plays his conniving rival, an overlooked lord who plots the King's demise, while Peter O'Toole brings quiet dignity to his role as the King's private secretary and guide through the maze of etiquette and diplomacy. Ward brings a distinctly American sensibility to the British setting--this is definitely slapstick over satire and Goodman is a veritable bull in the royal china shop. This is a modest underdog comedy where white hats and black hats are pretty rigidly defined, but Goodman brings a working class dignity to the role. Watch for Joely Richardson in a hilarious turn as a throaty foreign princess who puts the moves on Goodman. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy/drama June 5 2013
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I saw this movie some years ago where John Goodman played a poor man, down on his luck who finds out that he is royalty from Peter O'Toole who play his press secretary to the King of England. This is fiction of course, but a nice story where he learns the value of friendship and prestige, falls in love with a stripper, and is rivals with John Hurt's character. Great cast. Peter O'Toole does a great job as his press secretary. This movie is enjoyable, worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd Feb. 23 2012
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it is an excellent dvdv and movie, I laughed a lot when I watched it as soon as I got it by mail, and it got home on time as scheduled,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Corny but Fun March 4 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Probably the best Jon Goodman movie I have ever seen. The premise is implauable to say the least, but you still manage some pretty descent laughs.
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