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 ... See full summary »
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
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A faithful rendering of Kipling's exciting tale, together with fine screen falues and an all-star cast makes for fine entertainment for young and old alike.
I remember being read Kipling as a young boy, and while the animated Disney bastardization of the Jungle Book is unwatchable for anyone who knows the book, this rendering of Kipling's other great adventure is in a class with other great "exotic" films like The Four Feathers and King Solomon's Mines.
While some may fault the rather unconvincing casting of an over-the-hill Flynn as a dashing thief and Paul Lucas as an aging lama, these professionals soon overcome that liability and assume their characters successfully.
Dean Stockwell was at his peak as a child star. His impishness as a white boy gone native suggests the perverseness characteristic of his screen persona in a successful transition to adult roles.
Imagine a young boy (in a non politically correct milieu) being read or watching Kim just before bedtime. What dreams he'll have!
By the way, while parts of the film were made on a soundstage or backlot - like all films with decent sound - much of it was shot on location - IN INDIA.
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