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
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Danny and Peaches are two officers in the British army who find themselves
at a loss when their services are no longer required in Asia. While
blackmailing a local Raj, the pair are exposed by author Rudyard Kipling and
brought before an officer. They are warned but released. Later the visit
Kipling to get him to witness a contract for their latest plan to become
kings of a small country by training a village to conquer the rest of the
villages and then leave months later with riches. The conquest begins in
earnest, but when Danny's vigour in battle makes him appear to be a god to
the villagers new dangers are introduced.
I have seen two interviews recently with the two leads (separately) and both
time clips of this film were shown that made me think `I must watch that
again'. Come Christmas and the repeats on all channels gave me the chance
to see it. I had forgotten just how funny the film is and it really helps
the film to be an enjoyable adventure to add to the dark edges. The plot is
from a Kipling story so it is of a good stock and stands up well. The
addition of humour is well pitched and really helps.
It is a great adventure story, with a cautionary twist in the tale and can
be enjoyed on all levels. The directing is as good as you'd hope from
Huston but what really made the film for me was the two leads on top form.
Both Connery and Caine have a great chemistry and totally convince as the
old school military types. They bring the roles to life and make them
enjoyable and get us behind them effortlessly. Admittedly most of the
support cast are only jabbering natives who aren't allowed characters with
the odd exception. Plummer is good in a minor role but this is the
Connery/Caine show all the way.
Overall this is a great story that is well told by director Huston. The
film is made even better by the gentle camaraderie between Connery and Caine
and the good vein of humour that underpins the strong story and quite
downbeat climax to Caine's story.
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