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The Brigand of Kandahar (1965)

The British army fights off rampaging locals in 1850s India.

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Case
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Eli Khan
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Colonel Drewe
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Ratina
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Elsa (as Catherine Woodville)
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Marriott
Sean Lynch ...
Rattu
Walter Brown ...
Hitala
Inigo Jackson ...
Captain Boyd
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Captain Connelly
Joe Powell ...
Colour Sergeant
Henry Davies ...
2nd Lt. Crowe
John Southworth ...
2nd Lt. Barlow
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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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Adventure

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November 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Letzten von Fort Kandahar  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastman Color)

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2.35 : 1
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The film takes place in India in 1850. See more »

Quotes

Captain Boyd: Nearly a week ago, I presented you with an ultimatum. I'm still waiting for your answer.
Elsa: I've thought about your ultimatum, Captain Boyd. I intend to convey it to Robert Case on his return.
Captain Boyd: That should be at any moment. You've made a wise decision.
Elsa: You leave me with no alternative, of course. Why are you so vindictive?
Elsa: I don't like wives who cheat. Especially with half-castes. And I don't like half-castes who masquerade as officers.
Elsa: I suggest you complain to the War Office who appoint them.
Captain Boyd: ...
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Opening credits prologue: FORT KANDAHAR A British outpost on the North West frontier of India 1850. See more »

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Features Zarak (1956) See more »

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A weak central character, poorly cast
12 June 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Even those with a fondness for those "Northwest Frontier" movies set in the British Raj of the 1800's will probably be disappointed by this minor, unpersuasive, and somewhat uncharacteristic entry from Hammer Films. The costumes have that clean, new look -- as if they just came from a rental shop -- and the handful of sets are too tidy and well-lit to be anything other than studio creations. Even the rocks have a fiberglass look.

More troubling than the film's skimpy budget, however, is the casting of its main character. He's supposed to be half-English, half-Indian -- one of those chaps who's worked his way up in the ranks of the British Army but who feels he's still regarded with hostility and suspicion by his colleagues. Not only does Ronald Lewis lack the face for this part, (there's nothing at all Indian about him), but he's also short of the darkly-compelling charisma which might make this character "work." He comes across as a provincial English actor who's dressed up in left-over garb from a production of "Kismet." In his defense, however, it must be said that the script gives him little to work with since his character is poorly developed and too often seems simply like the victim of events going on around him.

Oliver Reed might have been a better choice for the lead but here he plays the villain -- a rebellious chieftain who's said to be "half-mad." Unfortunately, this gives him license to indulge in some theatrical behavior which is more embarrassing than enlivening.

At one point a captured British soldier is whipped by the rebels but even this sure-fire scene is too poorly staged to arouse much interest. (Why didn't the rebels tear the soldier's shirt all the way off? Didn't they take Flogging 101?)


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