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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
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Christopher Plummer's Rudyard Kipling would have been dismissed early on by the producers but for Sean Connery's insistence that Plummer stay. Connery had even threatened to abandon the production if Plummer were not retained. The producers eventually relented. See more »
The avalanche footage was clearly shot at a ski area, as many
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Top of my list of 10 films. But I cannot believe ALL the user comments to date have completely missed the emotional foundation of the film. Read Kipling's "Tommy" aloud if you don't understand why Peachy and Daniel (NOT "Danny") seemed so desperate for a new place in life. Otherwise, the best movie all the participants (except Saied Jaffery...you really need to explore his Bollywood career) have ever worked. Although "Zulu" is a close near-miss for Caine.
"The Man Who Would Be King" is (as has been noted by others) one of the very rare occasions of a motion picture improving upon brilliant literature. My "A Complete Kipling", dog-eared as each volume is, has not been as often read as my VHS and then DVD of THIS film. Should a writer/director of John Houston's capacity (demonstrated, of course) appear on the scene, I'm willing to suggest a dozen other projects.
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