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Kim (1950)

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

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


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The film could not be made during World War II as it was considered pro-British Empire and anti-Russian. See more »

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When Kim is being pulled back up from the cliff ledge, safety wire is visible. See more »

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Kim: [as they are about to cross a stream, Kim spots a cobra on a rock] No, holy one, don't go there. See - a cobra, king cobra!
Lama: [Kim picks up a large stone to kill it] No, let him live out his life! He's bound on the wheel of life as we are. Great evil this soul must have done to be reborn in this shape!
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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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