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Kim (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 26 January 1951 (USA)
During 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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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


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$2,049,000 (estimated)
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The Wilhelm scream is heard twice when Mahbub Ali and Kim roll a large rock down a hillside causing a landslide and supposedly crushing the attacking warriors. See more »

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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 »

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Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard: [to Kim] You belong with your own people. A true man, like a true horse, runs with his own breed.
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Referenced in Broadway Open House: Episode dated 14 December 1950 (1950) See more »

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The Quest is the Key
20 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When KIM came out (1950) I was 10 years old. I was fascinated with the intrigue of a boy like me getting involved in a spy situation. Dean Stockwell was 12 or 13 at the time. The film stuck so close to me over the years that I wrote about it later in high school and remember it well to this day some 54 years later.

Yes, there is action but not the usual, now-a-days blood-and-guts for two hours. In between the chilling scenes were the spy intrigues of the British trying to hold on to their empire. It was easy to tell the good guys from the bad. I admired the skill of Stockwell then and still do. His career has spanned nearly 60 years now.

Watch KIM -- again and again. I still get something new every time I see it.


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