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The Man Who Would Be King

  • Drama
  • 1975
  • John Huston
  • 123 mins
  • PG

Summary

Adventure based on a story by Rudyard Kipling, starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine. In 1880s India, two impoverished former British army soldiers make plans to travel to the remote wilderness of Kafiristan, where they intend to establish themselves as rulers. But their journey is fraught with difficulties.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This colourful movie version of Rudyard Kipling's right royal 19th-century adventure stars Sean Connery and Michael Caine as the veteran army squaddies who bamboozle a remote mountain tribe in Afghanistan into accepting Connery's regal credentials. Greed and circumstances topple the comic elements of the tale into a serious fable about the vanity of human endeavour and the folly of imperialism, in keeping with Kipling's original story and the philosophy of director John Huston's greatest movies. Huston matches character to action in masterly fashion, aided by the brief bonus of an aloof commentary on the situation by Christopher Plummer, as Kipling himself. This is packed with sly dialogue and memorable scenes, topped off by a stirring score from Maurice Jarre.

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Credits

Cast

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Daniel DravotSean Connery
Peachy CarnehanMichael Caine
Rudyard KiplingChristopher Plummer
Billy FishSaeed Jaffrey
Kafu-SelimKarroum Ben Bouih
District commissionerJack May
OotahDoghmi Larbi
RoxanneShakira Caine
BabuMohammed Shamsi
MulvaneyPaul Antrim

Crew

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DirectorJohn Huston

Details

Guidance
Some violence, swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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