The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

John Huston (1975)

PG Certificate


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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.


Two British soldiers in 19th-century India travel to an unexplored land, where one of them fools the natives into believing he is a god. However, his growing delusions of grandeur put him at loggerheads with his comrade-in-arms. Adventure based on the Rudyard Kipling story, directed by John Huston, starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed Jaffrey, Christopher Plummer and Shakira Caine.

Cast & Crew

Daniel Dravot Sean Connery
Peachy Carnehan Michael Caine
Roxanne Shakira Caine
Rudyard Kipling Christopher Plummer
Billy Fish Saeed Jaffrey
Kafu-Selim Karroum Ben Bouih
Ootah Doghmi Larbi
Babu Mohammed Shamsi
Ghulam Albert Moses
Mulvaney Paul Antrim
Director John Huston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some violence, swearing.Available on: video and DVD