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King Rat (1965)

Approved  |   |  War, Drama  |  27 October 1965 (USA)
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A fast-taking wheeler-dealer corporal in a Malaysian POW camp during WWII uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers.

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Stevens
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When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a POW detention center like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences for the simple reason that there was no place for the prisoners to escape to. Included among the prisoners is the American Cpl. King, a wheeler dealer who has managed to established a pretty good life for himself in the camp. While most of the prisoners are near starvation and have uniforms that are in tatters, King eats well and and has crisp clean clothes to wear every day. His nemesis is Lt. Robin Grey, the camp Provost who attempts to keep good order and discipline. He knows that King is breaking camp rules by bartering with the Japanese but can't quite get the evidence he needs to stop him. King soon forms a friendship with Lt. Peter Marlowe an upper class British officer who is fascinated with King's élan and no rules approach to life. As the ... Written by garykmcd

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He entered WWII a soldier... and left a King. See more »

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Rei de um Inferno  »

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Trivia

Some of the actors had been POWS in the Second World War. Denholm Elliott, while serving in the RAF, had been shot down and taken prisoner by the Nazis. See more »

Goofs

The shoulder patch that Cpl. King (George Segal) is wearing is that of the 34th Infantry Division(Red Bull). The 34th ID served in the European Theater of Operations not in the Pacific. The 34th ID patch is a black Mexican water jug called an "olla" with a red bull's skull superimposed. The producers may have wanted to use the patch of the Philippine Division commanded by Maj.Gen. Jonathan Wainwright. This was the unit that surrendered to the Japanese on Bataan. The Philippine Div. patch was a red shield with a yellow carabao's head (water buffalo) superimposed. See more »

Quotes

Jones: [Trying to bribe Grey to keep him quiet about the tampered food ration weights] You'll get a pound of rice a week.
Lt. Robin Grey: Is that all?
Jones: Okay, two pounds. And half a pound of dried fish.
Lt. Robin Grey: No sugar, or eggs?
Jones: They both go to the hospital. You know that.
Jones: [Long pause, while Grey mulls it over] What do you say?
Lt. Robin Grey: I'll tell you what I say, Colonel. I'm gonna' go to Colonel Smedley-Taylor, and I'm gonna' tell him what you've just said.
Lt. Robin Grey: [Holds up one of the tampered weights] ...
Lt. Robin Grey: And I'm gonna' show him this. And if ...
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Adeste Fideles
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Written by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
Variation sung in distant background by POWs
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A slice of WWII Japanese Prison Camp
15 February 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

We all wonder what happens when we die, this movie is about what happens when we live at any cost, put in the context of a Japanese prison of war camp in WWII. A serious film with enough action to keep it alive while delivering a message. You won't be bored.

George Segal plays his greatest role, tough, smart, without shame. How he became a banjo player I don't know. (jmho)


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