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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:
Not in the Top 1000 Films 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:
In Interviews Bryan Forbes has said he had to fight the Screen Actors Guild over the most of the 15 British Equity members he wanted to cast. The Screen Actors Guild wanted British SAG members most who were fairly elderly most not suitable for the film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Lt. Robin Grey:Why do you think it is? Why do you think you have so much, and the rest of us have so little? One day, Corporal, you're going to make a slip. All this wealth you'e got won't check against my list, and when you do, when that happens, I'll be ready, and you'll be there in my cage. I'm not playing at being provost marshal. You know, I never yet heard of luck that didn't run out. Yours will. Depend on it. Because yours will run out. You will depend on it. Because like all criminals, you're greedy.
Cpl. King:Lieutenant, I'd like to point out that I don't have to put up with this crap from you. I'm not in your two-bit army, I'm in our two-bit army. And if you're looking for something to live for, when we get out of this, you come looking for me, and I'll hand you your head.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Nugget (2002)See more »
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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Not in the Top 1000 Films, 23 February 2006
Author: dowguest from Thailand

It has always bothered me that King Rat is so underrated. On one list of top the thousand films in history, it gets no mention. I think it's because George Segal's character, Corporal King wasn't a totally likable person. He is not the standard Hollywood hero. But he is a hero of mine. Were I in that prison camp, I guarantee you, I would have been Corporal King's best friend. One thing I learned in life was how to survive, and everyone around Corporal King survived. The movie misses a very important point that was in James Clavell's novel on which it is based. In case the war turned bad for the Japanese and they started taking revenge on the prisoners, King had planned an escape route. Not just for himself, for everyone close to him. Put that in the film and you've got a major American hero. The movie is totally cliché free. One never knows where it is going or how it is going to end. Winning the war, you see, will not guarantee the safety of the prisoners. How it ends is perfectly logical in retrospect, but difficult to predict. It is a near perfect motion picture.

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