Kim (1950)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  26 January 1951 (USA)
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Buring the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.



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Kim, a young boy living on his own on the streets of India, is actually the son of a British officer. He meets a lama, a holy man, and devotes himself to his tending. But when British administrators discover his birthright, he is placed in a British school. His nature, however, is opposed to the regimentation expected for the son of a British soldier, and he rebels. His familiarity with Indian life and his ability to pass as an Indian child allows him to function as a spy for the British as they attempt to thwart revolution and invasion of India. Rejoining his holy man, Kim (with the help of daring adventurer Mahbub Ali) takes on a dangerous mission. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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A great family adventure by the author of THE JUNGLE BOOK. See more »


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Release Date:

26 January 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rudyard Kipling's Kim  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although the movie was financially successful, the 40-year-old Errol Flynn was widely considered too old for his character, as well as miscast as an Indian. See more »


Near the end, Kim's string of beads alternates between being tucked inside his jacket in full shots and hanging outside the coat, draped over his lapels, in close-ups See more »


Kim: How do you fair on the road?
Lama: On charity. What is the custom of charity in this town? In silence or aloud?
Kim: Those who beg in silence starve in silence.
Lama: I beg as the master begged. Even as he went, so do I.
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Referenced in Cerca de la ciudad (1952) See more »


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Grand retelling of wonderful story, Flynn still shines
23 June 2003 | by (Tallahassee, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a grand retelling of a wonderful story, with Flynn still shining through, though he is not in fact the main character in the tale. Young Dean Stockwell is the person who is on camera on almost every scene and he shows swagger and plumb that indicates a real talent and understanding of his part. While Flynn was certainly nearing the end of his career, he still showed he still possessed his outstanding ability to play parts such as his "horse trader" in this costumer, which no actors alive today, save Peter O'Toole or Sean Connery - who not surprisingly made another outstanding Kipling piece into the movie - "The Man Who Would Be King", are able to match. The movie is highly entertaining and the supporting players are veterans all and play their parts very well.

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