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King Rat (1965)

Approved | | War, Drama | 27 October 1965 (USA)
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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Jones
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McCoy
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Daven
Alan Webb ...
Brant
John Ronane ...
Hawkins
Sam Reese ...
Kurt (as Sammy Reese)
Michael Lees ...
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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They made the toughest among them... King! See more »

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27 October 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El caudillo de los desalmados  »

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Trivia

Frank Sinatra was considered for the starring role. See more »

Goofs

King keeps his fresh eggs in an open bowl in a suitcase. They hide the case, before they can re-arrange the contents, in an hidden vault dropping it down sideways and undoubtedly breaking them. As they do this frequently they will have taken more care of this valuable commodity. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Nugget (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Adeste Fideles
(uncredited)
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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