King Rat

King Rat

Bryan Forbes (1965)

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Our Score
In this Second World War prison drama set in a Japanese PoW camp, George Segal plays the opportunist and arch-manipulator who is the custodian of everything of value, from coffee to rats. It's a great performance - he is the alpha American amid the pukka English accents and class warfare of James Fox, Tom Courtenay and Denholm Elliott. Directed by Bryan Forbes from James Clavell's novel, and shot in Hollywood (not that you'd notice), this gripping if overlong film is also notable for one of John Barry's finest musical scores.


Allied prisoners struggle to survive the rigours of a Japanese PoW camp, as a silver-tongued US corporal sets out to provide all manner of black-market supplies to his fellow inmates. But while he is a saviour to most of the men, his activities earn him the enmity of a strait-laced British soldier. Second World War drama based on James Clavell's bestseller, starring George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, John Mills and Denholm Elliott.

Cast & Crew

Cpl King George Segal
Lt Grey Tom Courtenay
Flight Lt Marlowe James Fox
Col Smedley-Taylor John Mills
Lt Col Denholm Larkin Denholm Elliott
Max Patrick O'Neal
Dr Kennedy James Donald
Tex Todd Armstrong
Director Bryan Forbes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdGuidance: Edited for language and violence.Available on: video and DVD