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Gunga Din (1939)

Approved | | Adventure, War | 17 February 1939 (USA)
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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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STAGED ON A SCALE THAT BEGGARS WORDS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | War

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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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Filming near Mount Whitney, McLaglen and Fairbanks came close to serious injury when a car they were in collided with a terrified elephant who had become very upset during a thunderstorm. 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. Archibald Cutter: Eight feet away from where I'm sitting, right here, there's enough gold to make me sole owner and proprietor of a pub as big as the Crystal Palace. Best pub in Hampshire.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in The Flesh Eaters (1964) See more »

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Will Ye No Come Back Again?
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Written by Lady Carolina Nairne
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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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