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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

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Doghmi Larbi ...
Ootah
Jack May ...
District Commissioner
Karroom Ben Bouih ...
Kafu Selim
Mohammad Shamsi ...
Babu
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Ghulam
Paul Antrim ...
Mulvaney
Graham Acres ...
Officer
The Blue Dancers of Goulamine ...
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Shakira Caine ...
Roxanne
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This adaptation of the famous short story by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan, two ex-soldiers in India when it was under British rule. They decide that the country is too small for them, so they head off to Kafiristan in order to become Kings in their own right. Kipling is seen as a character that was there at the beginning, and at the end of this glorious tale. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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india | king | ex soldier | rifle | fall | See All (161) »

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Adventure

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PG | See all certifications »

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18 December 1975 (UK)  »

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Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kafiristan is part of modern-day Afghanistan (Nuristan Province) and Pakistan (the city of Chitral). See more »

Goofs

To get to Kafiristan, they would go through the Khyber Pass and turn north, but when they leave the caravan, they turn left (south) - in the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

Peachy Carnehan: It took him half an hour to fall.
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Referenced in The Mummy (1999) See more »

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No film is closer to perfect
17 May 1999 | by (Gloucester, England) – See all my reviews

Take the story from a master like Kipling, give it to a director of classics like THE AFRICAN QUEEN, add a superb script that crackles with wit and cast two of the greatest modern day screen actors in roles that fit them like gloves. The result comes as near to the perfect action-adventure film as you will ever find. Kipling's rousing tale of two British soldiers in the days of high Empire keeps a tight hold of the viewer throughout. The twists of the tale are fascinating, the characters mesmerizing, the whole concept is so ingenious and full of potential that with such a team it simply cannot miss! Caine & Connery are superb together, oozing charisma and obviously enjoying themselves greatly as the two British NCOs.It's possible that neither has ever produced work to match what you will see here, it's wonderful to watch. Huston's direction is top drawer and the feeling of claustrophobic Indian market places and dusty railways stations is so strong it's a relief when the two heroes of the story make their ways into the wilderness to conquer a territory and "be kings". "Billie Fish", the stranded Ghurka soldier that the pair encounter high in the mountains produces a fine characterisation by Jaffery . His eye-rolling expressions and comic timing are inch perfect in his performance throughout. Perfect too is Christopher Plummer as Kipling himself. Indeed so convincing is he as this most archetypal Englishman that one is reminded how Huston considered casting to be the most important element of his job - to paraphrase, if you find the right actor for the role, he needs no direction! I can't think of a film that more consistantly proves how right he was!

Through battles, politics, greed and jealousy the two would-be kings gallop untill the final memorable explosive showdown. The last scene is perhaps the most effective and memorable of all. True pathos which tugs strongly at the heartstrings. A fitting end to a marvelous film.


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