Linda Sanders
November 20, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

The King and I

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
performer
Miranda Richardson, Martin Vidnovic
director
Richard Rich
genre
Animation, musical

We gave it a C

It’s not easy to take the charm out of a Rodgers and Hammerstein beauty, but this star-cluttered recording of The King and I, comes close. As the king, Ben Kingsley is notable mainly for not being Yul Brynner. And in the only governess role she hasn’t sung before, Julie Andrews plays an Anna so formidable she sometimes comes off less like Maria Von Trapp or Mary Poppins than like Margaret Thatcher. C

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