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Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, War | 17 February 1939 (USA)
In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land.

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Based loosely on the poem by Rudyard Kipling, this takes place in British India during the Thuggee uprising. Three fun loving sergeants are doing fine until one of them wants to get married and leave the service. The other two trick him into a final mission where they end up confronting the entire cult by themselves as the British Army is entering a trap. This is of the "War is fun" school of movie making. It has the flavour of watching Notre Dame play an inferior high school team. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Red-blood and gunpowder heroes...in a mighty show tuned to the rolling thunder of red drumfire in the hills of Kipling's India. See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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17 February 1939 (USA)  »

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Aufstand in Sidi Hakim  »

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$1,910,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Budgeted at $1.915 million, this was the most expensive film RKO had produced to that date. It was nearly a half million over budget. See more »

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The rifle that Ballantine carries to the top of the temple is a M1896 Krag-Jorgensen. See more »

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Sgt. 'Mac' MacChesney: [to Ballantine] They're probably slicing Cutter's ears off by now!
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The credits appear on a gong. Standing next to the gong is a Hindu man, and every time he strikes the gong, the credits change. See more »

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God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Written by Henry Carey
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Wonderful Movie
9 September 2004 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

This movie was one of my favorites when I was growing up, and so when I bought the VHS tape a few months ago I was somewhat apprehensive about watching it again. I thought that maybe my memory of the film was a little sugar coated.

I was; however, pleasantly surprised to find that I still loved watching it as much as I did when I was a kid. It's a great action adventure movie. A previous reviewer commented on the lack of sophistication the movie conveys.

Whoever that guy is, he needs to lighten up. It's hard to look at for example the special effects and cinematography in an action adventure movie such as this when compared to the special effects and cinematography of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Time's have changed, and movies with them. If you keep that in mind while watching this film, and have a good time with it you'll love this movie.

I would love to see this come out on DVD, it's a great movie.


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