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  • Actors: John Goodman, Peter O'Toole, John Hurt, Camille Coduri, Richard Griffiths
  • Directors: David S. Ward
  • Writers: David S. Ward, Emlyn Williams
  • Producers: Jack Brodsky, John Comfort, Julie Bergman Sender, Mark Rosenberg, Sydney Pollack
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 26 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN0SM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,667 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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When a freak accident wipes out an entire royal family, an exhaustive search reveals a distant relation: Ralph Jones (Goodman), a good-natured, down-to-earth Las Vegas entertainer. Immediately, the rude and crude Ralph is given a crash course in royal manners by his new private secretary, the very proper Lord Willingham (Peter O'Toole). But while Ralph's uncouth behavior delights the public, it fuels a fiendish plot by the evil Lord Graves (John Hurt), who's out to oust the new ruler. Now, it's up to this lowborn lounge singer to redeem himself in a manner befitting a king in this warmhearted comedy romp.

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When the British royal family (yes, every one of them!) is wiped out in a tragic photography accident, the hunt is on for an heir to the throne. Unfortunately for Britain, when one is found it turns out to be Ralph Jones (played by John Goodman), an American lounge singer from far over the wrong side of the tracks. As Lord Percival Graves (John Hurt) schemes to dethrone Ralph I, Fredrick Willingham (Peter O'Toole) works feverishly to keep Jones' feet on the straight and narrow. [Color, created in 1991, with a running time of 1 hour, 36 minutes.]
As you can tell from the summary above, this is not a movie to be taken seriously! It is outrageously funny, being both outrageous and funny. The downside is that there is one scene where Ralph goes to a strip club, and several women are seen in less than family-oriented clothing (there's a joke in there somewhere). So, if you have young children, like me, then you will need to hit stop, and fast-forward past the offending scene, as it is too long to simply cue through.
That said, though, for adult viewing, this is a great movie! It has a wonderful, heart-warming message, and is funny without much swearing or any violence. I highly recommend this movie.
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in a word: SUPERIOR
Where to begin? The dry subtle wit of that sly thespian, John Goodman? The breathtakingly succinct portrayal of the supercillious and sinister aristocracy? The tear-jerking and anguished forbidden love of Ralph and what's her name? Whoa! This movie's got it all.
Goodman's masterful command of his roll as the common, beer-drinking, blue-collar Everyman (the most riveting depiction ever in film history) obliterates the shackles of his usual Shakespearean type-casting. What can't this man do? He is clearly the perennial uber-chameleon of stage and screen.
Whether you are trying to find meaning in the existential malaise of our time; searching for a film that would inspire and impart the necessary ethical ideals our children so desperately need and yearn for; or maybe you're just in a mood for mesmerizing adventure, rib-breaking humor, and scintillating romance - do your soul a favor: BUY THIS FILM!
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I believe it was Mark Twain who said in the preface to "the Prince and the Pauper"...."I don't know if this ever happened, I don't know if it COULD happen; but it should have!" Not that I wish any ill will to the Royal Family, but sometimes I wonder if an ordinary person could ever rise to the occasion; "It is a job that should be handled by God, but unfortunately is shouldered by a man" to paraphrase one of the lines from the movie. In other respects, this is a good romp through a comic situation, however unbelievable, to a good and honorable end
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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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