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Kim (1950)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Robert Douglas ...
Arnold Moss ...
Laurette Luez ...
Hassan Bey
Roman Toporow ...
The Russian
Ivan Triesault ...
The Russian


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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orphan | lama | spy | india | holy man | See more »


Famed Spectacular Adventure Story Filmed Against Authentic Backgrounds in Mystic India The Greatest Spy Thriller of Them All! See more »


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Release Date:

26 January 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rudyard Kipling's Kim  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Flynn was initially excited about going to India, and turned down the studio's offer of the lead in "King Solomon's Mines" in the role ultimately played by Stewart Granger, but all his scenes in "Kim" were shot in the studio and matched in the editing room with long shot second unit fugitive of his double. 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: Be careful, Mahbub Ali.
Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard: [With bravado] Mahbub Ali does not die tonight.
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Referenced in Rapture (1980) See more »


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There's good artistry involved, but it's something of a chore to stay with.
9 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Out of MGM, Kim is directed by Victor Saville and adapted from the Rudyard Kipling novel by Helen Deutsch, Leon Gordon (producer as well) and Richard Schayer. It stars Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas & Robert Douglas. It's shot in Technicolor by William V. Skall and André Previn provides the musical score. Locations for the shoot were Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, India, and some work was done at Alabama Hills near Lone Pine in California.

It's all very colourful, with performances from the cast to match, and the photography is at times gorgeous, but excitement is sporadic and threaded together by long periods of tedium. The story is a good one, tho the political correctness brigade would like to see the film given a Viking burial. Set during the British Raj, it tells how a young orphan boy named Kim (Stockwell) had adventures whilst becoming a spy for the Empire. The people he meets, good and bad, and his involvement with a Russian plot to seize India. Stockwell does very well in the lead role, and Flynn offers up some flamboyance. But it's ultimately too long at nearly two hours because the narrative is far too episodic. 4/10

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