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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Richard Hale serves as omnipotent offscreen narrator in the first half of the film and serves in character as Flynn's disloyal employee Hassan Bey. However, even though they are ostensibly different people, the narration stops after Bay is killed. 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 »
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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