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King Rat -- Set in a WWII Japanese POW camp, this adaptation of the James Clavell novel is about an American corporal who operates a number of lucrative rackets within the camp's confines. Chief among these is the sale of rats to his fellow prisoners to supplement their meager food rations.

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Director:
Writers:
James Clavell (based on a novel by)
Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
27 October 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He entered WWII a soldier... and left a King. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Clavell's most researched work See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

George Segal ... Corporal King

Tom Courtenay ... Grey

James Fox ... Marlowe

Patrick O'Neal ... Max

Denholm Elliott ... Larkin

James Donald ... Dr. Kennedy
Todd Armstrong ... Tex

John Mills ... Smedley-Taylor
Gerald Sim ... Jones

Leonard Rossiter ... McCoy

John Standing ... Daven
Alan Webb ... Brant
John Ronane ... Hawkins
Sam Reese ... Kurt (as Sammy Reese)
Michael Lees ... Stevens
Wright King ... Brough
Hamilton Dyce ... The Padre

Joe Turkel ... Dino (as Joseph Turkel)
John Merivale ... Foster
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Vexley
Reg Lye ... Tinker Bell

Arthur Malet ... Blakeley
Hedley Mattingly ... Dr. Prudhomme
Dale Ishimoto ... Yoshima
John Levingston ... Myner
Teru Shimada ... The Japanese General

Richard Dawson ... Weaver

Michael Stroka ... Miller
William Fawcett ... Steinmetz
Roy Duane ... Peterson
John Orchard ... Gurble
Laurence Conroy ... Townsend (as Larry Conroy)
John Warburton ... The Commandant
David Haviland ... Masters
Anthony Faramus ... Prisoner
Dick Johnson ... Pop
John Barclay ... Spence
Edward Ashley ... Prouty
David Frankham ... Cox
Louis Neervort ... Torusumi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Forbes ... Radio (voice) (uncredited)
Brian Gaffikin ... Prisoner in Hut (uncredited)
George Pelling ... Maj. Barry (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... 1st Sergeant Camp Liberator (uncredited)

Directed by
Bryan Forbes 
 
Writing credits
James Clavell (based on a novel by)

Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Marvin Miller .... associate producer
James Woolf .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson 
 
Production Design by
Robert Emmet Smith (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Robert Emmet Smith  (as Robert Smith)
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Marvin Miller .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director
C.M. Florance .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Templeton .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William V. Kantor .... property master (uncredited)
Clarence Peet .... props (uncredited)
Ed Shanley .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Baker .... dubbing editor
John Cox .... sound
James Z. Flaster .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
Doug Grant .... boom operator (uncredited)
Harold Lee .... recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Burke .... special effects (uncredited)
Gerald Endler .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew J. McIntyre .... camera operator (as Andy McIntyre)
Kenny Bell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Willard Klug .... grip (uncredited)
Walter Meins .... grip (uncredited)
James Saper .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Seldon White .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Ware .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
 
Other crew
Marie Kenney .... script girl
 

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Runtime:
134 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:14 (1966) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #20928) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
There are no women in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: After Maj. McCoy and the others have been arrested for possessing a radio, and Col. Smedley-Taylor is waiting outside for news, the shadow of the boom mic being lowered is cast over the actors in the background.See more »
Quotes:
[Dr. Kennedy and Stevens are bandaging Marlowe's wound]
Stevens:What's the matter with you, Stevens?
Stevens:Oh, nothing.
Dr. Kennedy:You're a liar, Stevens. You shave your legs and you're a liar. But you care. You care; that's what saves you.
Stevens:Saves me from what, sir?
Dr. Kennedy:Yourself, Stevens, yourself.
Stevens:I thought you were gonna say from a fate worse than death, sir.
Dr. Kennedy:There's no such thing.
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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Clavell's most researched work, 25 March 2002
Author: Jeff Hill (jeffhill1@hotmail.com) from Sapporo, Japan

I saw "King Rat" on television shortly before going to Vietnam. A few months later I was reading the James Clavell novel while serving on DaNang Air Base with air force communications intelligence. It struck me that this book and this movie, which was "researched" by James Clavell when he was a POW in a camp near Singapore during World War II, have the real feel of what it is to be surrounded by enemy forces one almost never sees while being kept isolated on a hot, humid, dusty encampment It's an environment that brings out the best and the worst in mankind. The novel, the movie, and my own war zone experience also point out that adapting to a war zone and mastering the skills that enable one to survive and even prosper there do not necessarily mean that the individual will subsequently be adaptable to "civilization" when he returns to it. The novel, the movie, and my own experiences also raise the questions that are raised in "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" (and even in "Rambo" for that matter): Which is more of a challenge and which is the "real" life: adapting to the war zone as a youth or the expectations by "civilization" that you readjust to life back in "the world" as if nothing had happened?

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