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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
High drama set in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp 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:
Both Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were offered the chance to star in the film. They both turned it down and the role went to George Segal.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:
Cpl. King:How's that chair feel?
Peter Marlowe:Fine.
Cpl. King:Cost me eighty bucks.
Peter Marlowe:Did it? Yes, well I'd never have guessed.
Cpl. King:You'da said more, huh?
Peter Marlowe:No, I don't think so. I don't think I'd have said anything really. I've never been a great 'chair price guesser'.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Nugget (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Adeste FidelesSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
High drama set in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp, 2 August 2002
Author: mrinman from Sydney, Australia

King Rat is the oddball among James Clavellfs novels, but in my opinion is the best story. The stage is a Japanese Prisoner of War camp where allied officers are forced to literally eat dirt. The horrors of these camps are well documented and in Forbes adaptation of the book little is left to our imagination. That is not to say this is a vividly violent film. It most certainly is not, nor does it need to be as the sheer look of these poor wretched creatures is vivid enough.

While the backdrop is a prison camp, this is not a war movie. It is a tale of humanity and suffering. It centres around one character played brilliantly by Segal, who when outside the barbed wire fences is an ordinary corporal, while inside he is king. He shows ingenuity in obtaining supplies and living well while those around him starve. Soon the high-ranking officers are calling his shots and hence the title King Rat. The movie shows how far man will go, how much pride he can eat and how much dignity he can lose to survive.

The final scene when the prisoners are liberated could have been stronger but you have to realize the date the film was made. Even so, the look of disappointment on Corporal Kingfs face contrasting with the delight of the freed prisoners is quite incredible. An excellent film, highly recommended.

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