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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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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 »
He entered WWII a soldier... and left a King. See more »
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A gritty prison camp film, well directed and with great photography See more (37 total) »


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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)

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)
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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134 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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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Frank Sinatra was considered for the starring role.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
[Lt. Grey has come into King's hut while Marlowe is there]
Lt. Robin Grey:You're slumming aren't you, Marlowe?
Peter Marlowe:Don't be a snob, old man. Never make a good policeman if you're a snob. Everyone looks the same with their knickers down.
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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A gritty prison camp film, well directed and with great photography, 19 December 2004
Author: ( from Chippenham, England

There are many WWII prison camp films, but King Rat stands out for its gritty treatment of how prisoners survive in there bleak and painful worlds, where the meaning of hope has long been forgotten. George Segal as Cpl King knows all the angles, and has funds to buy what he wants. He lives the easy life while others suffer around him.Soon he meets up with James Fox, an RAF Officer and buys him as well.A man with little redemption potential you might say; but then the unexpected happens. King Rat effectively explores the roles of the prisoners in relation to their survival.It shows that staying alive is not necessarily to do with determination, or courage, but often due to darker actions, where hate is a cohesive force to survival. Segal is excellent as the well-heeled Cpl, if a trifle too bright-eyed. Fox starts off in third but hits top gear later as the troubled Flight Lt.However,his curious ballet-like gait does seem out of sorts for a Jap prison camp. Courtney makes a fine Provost Marshall, but somehow lacks the steel for the job, and finally fails to convince. King Rat tops the prison camp movies, including The Great Escape, for it's honest and gritty, realistic exploration of hate and redemption. Brian Forbes can be proud of this film, not the least for the outstanding photography,( Oscar-nominated), and excellent acting. See it.

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