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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Originally bought as a property for Freddie Bartholomew in 1938. Production was so far under way (including Bartholomew posing with Indian elephants for newsreel cameras), that the project was eventually abandoned to save costs. In 1942 it was revived as a property for Mickey Rooney but it too was abandoned at behest of the Office of War Information because of its imperialistic theme. 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 »
[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!
[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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Grand retelling of wonderful story, Flynn still shines
This is a grand retelling of a wonderful story, with Flynn still shining through, though he is not in fact the main character in the tale. Young Dean Stockwell is the person who is on camera on almost every scene and he shows swagger and plumb that indicates a real talent and understanding of his part. While Flynn was certainly nearing the end of his career, he still showed he still possessed his outstanding ability to play parts such as his "horse trader" in this costumer, which no actors alive today, save Peter O'Toole or Sean Connery - who not surprisingly made another outstanding Kipling piece into the movie - "The Man Who Would Be King", are able to match. The movie is highly entertaining and the supporting players are veterans all and play their parts very well.
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