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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"Gather round to hear the words of the King" See more (33 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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 | Netherlands:14 (1966) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #20928)
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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:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Just before the camp is liberated we can hear an airplane fly over and it is definitely a propeller operated plane; however, the scene displays a jet flying over complete with vapor trails. However, the B-29 Bomber is a 4 engined prop plane which flew high enough to leave substantial contrails (30,000ft+). Bombers normally flew in large formations but this is a single aircraft which may allude to the Enola Gay, which dropped the first Atomic bomb indicating that Japanese surrender imminent. However, the Enola Gay was accompanied by other B-29s on her atomic bomb raid.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 there's a borehole party - and I pray there will be - I'm going ask to lead it. And I'm personally going to shove you down, but not too fast, because I want to hear you scream for a long, long time before you die.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Nugget (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Adeste FidelesSee more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
"Gather round to hear the words of the King", 28 June 2007
Author: thinker1691 from USA

Many unforgettable films are to be found in the annals of World War II. Avid movie goers know which ones they are. Among my favorites are 'The Great Escape, The Blue Max, Cross of Iron, and of course, Sink The Bismark," But occasionally, a film is made which deviates from the superficial and ventures into the realm of the incredible. That is the essence of "King Rat." Here viewers are exposed to the harsh realities of what it takes to survive in a hell hole, like a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp. Our hero, one, Cpl. King (George Segal) dwells amid hundreds of starving British and a few American P.O.W.s. However, unlike the rest, who are seen as listless, emaciated and dying , King is for the most part, healthy and appears none the worse for wear. One individual who daily wants to know why King, walks about nearly impervious to the obvious conditions is Lt. Robin Grey (Tom Courtenay, convincing in this role). It is his job as Camp Provost Marshal, to maintain order in a camp where smuggling, trading with the enemy and outright theft is common place. Knowing King is secretly dealing with the enemy, Robin daily waits for him to make a mistake. This will be difficult as King relies on the fact, everyone, regardless of rank seeks to stay alive by whatever means. Aiding King is Peter Marlowe (James Fox) who despite his higher rank readily joins King's other 'employees' such as Tex, (Todd Armstrong), Top Sgt. Max (Patrick O'Neal, Lt. G.D. Larkin, (Denholm Elliott), and Col. George Smedley-Taylor (John Mills). But it is the camp Doctor (James Donald) who asks the pertinent question of King. "What is your secret Cpl? Medically, it should be worth a fortune." Throughout this stark and tragic Black and White film, one is equally curious, until we discover King's dark secret. Once we know it, the anger is dissipated by the fact, the war will eventually be over. Then Cpl. King will be called upon to reveal it. A superior movie with top notch acting by every actor. ****

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