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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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Release Date:

26 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Rudyard Kipling's Kim  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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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 »


When Kim is delivering a message in the evening, a Chuck-will's-widow can be heard calling. This species is found in the Western Hemisphere. See more »


Kim: [to the letter writer] What manner of inquisitive goat are you? Thy mother was married under a basket and thy father was a sweeper of the stables.
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Referenced in Rapture (1979) See more »


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14 December 2002 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

Excellent rendition of the Rudyard Kipling novel! True to the book, and preserving the nuance and subtleties of the original. A must see for any one and highly recomended for children. A great stocking stuffer, or gift for any child as an opening to the great writing of Kipling.

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