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The Brigand of Kandahar (1965)

 -  Adventure  -  November 1965 (USA)
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The British army fights off rampaging locals in 1850s India.

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Ronald Lewis ...
Lt. Case
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Eli Khan
Duncan Lamont ...
Colonel Drewe
Yvonne Romain ...
Ratina
Katherine Woodville ...
Elsa
Glyn Houston ...
Marriott
Sean Lynch ...
Rattu
Walter Brown ...
Hitala
Inigo Jackson ...
Captain Boyd
Jeremy Burnham ...
Captain Connelly
Joe Powell ...
Colour Sergeant
Henry Davies ...
2nd Lt. Crowe
John Southworth ...
2nd Lt. Barlow
Caron Gardner ...
Serving Maid
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The British army fights off rampaging locals in 1850s India.

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His Plundering Army of Bandit Raiders Sweeps to Glory Across the Plains of India!

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November 1965 (USA)  »

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Die Letzten von Fort Kandahar  »

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Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, and Ronald Lewis all finished their Hammer contracts with this film. See more »

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Stodgy costume fare
4 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While Hammer Studios produced some fairly able historical adventures in the early 1960s - titles such as the serviceable FURY AT SMUGGLER'S BAY and THE DEVIL-SHIP PIRATES - they also made their fair share of stinkers, of which THE BRIGAND OF KANDAHAR is probably the worst. This is an entirely stodgy costume adventure, made on a low budget and with a script which feels like it was rushed out in a hurry.

The story is cheap and carries some distinctly colonial racial overtones, not least in the presence of anti-hero Ronald Lewis, blacked-up as a half-caste for his role. Lewis must be the singular most obnoxious heroic character in a Hammer film, a guy who I actually despised throughout much of the running time; were we really supposed to feel sorry for him after he swapped allegiances like that?

Elsewhere, it's sub-ZULU antics throughout, enlivened by a handful of larger-scale battle sequences which employ some dodgy back projection which saps them of realism. Once again Hammer has an eye for a distinguished supporting cast, but most of them are wasted here; the only ones who come out of it well are Duncan Lamont and Katherine Woodville. Oliver Reed is cast as the bad guy but I feel he would have made a much more compelling protagonist. In any case, this is as dull as dishwater and one of Hammer's weakest efforts.


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