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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander.

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Doghmi Larbi ...
Ootah
Jack May ...
District Commissioner
Karroom Ben Bouih ...
Kafu Selim
Mohammad Shamsi ...
Babu
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Ghulam
Paul Antrim ...
Mulvaney
Graham Acres ...
Officer
The Blue Dancers of Goulamine ...
Dancers
Shakira Caine ...
Roxanne
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This adaptation of the famous short story by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan, two ex-soldiers in India when it was under British rule. They decide that the country is too small for them, so they head off to Kafiristan in order to become Kings in their own right. Kipling is seen as a character that was there at the beginning, and at the end of this glorious tale. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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india | king | ex soldier | rifle | fall | See All (161) »

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Rudyard Kipling's epic of splendor, spectacle and high adventure at the top of a legendary world. See more »

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Adventure

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PG | See all certifications »

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18 December 1975 (UK)  »

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Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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(Technicolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main theme of the movie is an old Irish air "The Moreen", more often called "The Minstrel Boy" after Thomas Moore wrote the lyrics "The minstrel boy to the war is gone." However, the words sung by Daniel and Peachey are from the Christian Hymn "The Son of God goes forth to war" by Reginald Heber. See more »

Goofs

To get to Kafiristan, they would go through the Khyber Pass and turn north, but when they leave the caravan, they turn left (south) - in the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

Peachy Carnehan: Keep looking at me. It helps to keep my soul from flying off.
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Featured in A Century of Cinema (1994) See more »

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Unforgettable.
27 December 1998 | by (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

The greatest "buddy film" of all time. What makes this so? First off, casting two real life friends, Sean Connery and Michael Caine. Second, all other "buddy films" are simply comedies. And while the Man Who Would Be King has some laughs in it, and Connery and Caine bounce off of each other almost as good as Abbott and Costello, the story itself is a drama. And what a drama it is. Two English soldiers set out to be the rulers of a country, but can anyone who was a grunt one day, and a king the next, become a King without getting an inflated ego? The answer is no and that becomes the ultimate test for these two friends. Terrific performances by Caine, Connery and even Christopher Plummer, who gives a brief, but good performance as Rudyard Kipling, the man who wrote the short story this film was based on. This film features perhaps the greatest ending to a movie ever made. You will never forget it, and you will wish that you had a friendship as strong as these two individuals.


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