Anna Leonowens and the King - fact or fiction?
Anna and the King () on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more How does the movie end? Anna decides to leave Siam and return to England. Did the real Anna and the real King have a romantic relationship? Most likely not. Anna and the King, the version of the story of Anna Leonowens' came when the relationship between the west and the east was of high interest in the west, as World War II ended and western images of what "the East". Even the title of the most famous is inaccurate for, as King Mongkut's . sent to her father's relations in England, where they presumably received an education.
Many people believed that they were watching a true story. Not only regarding the antics of the king but also the importance of Anna in the court.
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The film, starring Yul Brynner, so insulted the Thai people, that it was banned from being shown in Thailand on grounds of historical and cultural distortions. Now, a remake of the movie is being planned. Can Hollywood make amends for past misdeeds or will history repeat itself?
New light has thrown doubt on the authenticity of not only the story but also of Anna's background. Her name was Anna Edwards, born in India in Anna and her sister were at school in Wales at the time. Her father was Thomas Edwards, a cabinet maker who enlisted in the Bombay infantry. He died three months before Anna was born and her mother re-married to a corporal in the Engineers. Anna and her sister were sent to school in England.
Anna and her sister moved to India on the completion of their education at the age of 14 or Anna and her sister returned to India on the completion of their education at the age of 14 or Her step-father wanted to marry her off to a man twice her age. To escape this situation, she went on a long tour of the middle east with the Reverand Percy Badger. On her return she eloped, at the age of 17, to marry an army captain named Thomas Leonowens.
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On her return she married, at the age of 18, a clerk called Thomas Leon Owens. They lived in London for a while before, Thomas Leonowens, now a major, was posted to Singapore. Whilst there, Anna learned that the money that her father had left her had all been lost during the Indian Mutiny. Thomas Owens had difficulty in keeping a job and they moved around a lot.
They had two children called Louis and Avis. Major Thomas Leonowens suffered sunstroke on a tiger hunt and later died leaving Anna with two small children and no money. Thomas Owens died of apoplexy in Penang, Malaya. Anna moved to Singpaore. Friends rallied round to help and she began a small school for officers' children. Her daughter Avis was sent back to England.
Whilst in Singpaore she received the invitation to go to Siam now Thailand. In Bangkok It proved easy for historians to demolish Anna as a trustworthy historian because both her books are filled with glaring errors.
Even the title of the most famous is inaccurate for, as King Mongkut's correspondence makes clear, she was hired not as a governess, which implies a broad range of duties, but merely as a teacher of English. In the text she makes elementary blunders regarding Thailand's past, offers an explanation of buddhism that is either hopelessly confused or shamelessly lifted from other writers, and identifies a picture of Prince Chulalongkorn her most prominent student as that being of a princess.
In the final scene, the King and Anna profess their love for each other but agree that it would not be proper for a king and schoolteacher to act on it. As they say their goodbyes, the King asks Anna for one last dance while Chulalongkorn looks on. Is there an alternate ending? No, but there is an epilogue that was cut from the film. It shows King Chulalongkorn visiting Anna, now old and gray-haired, many years later in England.
She serves him tea, and he returns the ring that King Mongkut had once tried to give her. This time she accepts it and gives him Louis' bugle in return. Later, they have dinner together. Did Prince Chulalongkorn ever become king? Prince Chulalongkorn  assumed the throne upon his father's death in A note at the end of the movie says that Thanks to the vision of his father, King Mongkut, and the teachings of Anna Leonowens, King Chulalongkorn not only maintained Siam's independence, but also abolished slavery, instituted religious freedom and reformed the judicial system.
Mongkut's army is too far from the palace to engage the rebels, so he creates a ruse - that a white elephant has been spotted, and the court must go to see it. This allows him to flee the palace with his children and wives, and give his armies time to reach them.
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Anna returns to help Mongkut, since her presence in his entourage will give credence to the tale about the white elephant. Mongkut plans to take his family to a monastery where he spent part of his life. Halfway through the journey they see Alak's army in the distance and realize they can't outrun him. Mongkut and his soldiers set explosives on a wooden bridge high above a canyon floor as Alak and his army approach.
Mongkut orders his "army" to stay back and rides to the bridge with only two soldiers. Alak, at the head of his army, confronts Mongkut on the bridge. Anna and Louis create a brilliant deception from their hiding spot in the forest. Louis uses his horn to replicate the sound of a bugle charge, as Anna "attacks" the area with harmless fireworks. The Burmese, believing the King has brought British soldiers, panic and retreat. Alak's attempt to recall and regroup his troops fails.