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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

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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 ...
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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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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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Sean Connery (Daniel Dravot), Michael Caine (Peachy Carnehan), Saeed Jaffrey (Billy Fish) and Christopher Plummer (Rudyard Kipling) all later starred in films directed by Richard Attenborough: Connery and Caine in A Bridge Too Far (1977), Jaffrey in Gandhi (1982) and Plummer in Closing the Ring (2007). See more »

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Billy Fish acts as an interpreter for Daniel and Peachy to the people of Kafiristan. In fact, Billy speaks Urdu to the Kafiristanis and they reply in Moroccan Arabic, two entirely different languages (this is due to the fact the film was shot in Morocco and Moroccan extras were used). See more »

Quotes

District Commissioner: The may be no criminal charges against you, but I'll see these files reach Calcutta with a recommendation that you be deported as political undesirables, detriments to the dignity of the Empire and the Izzat of the Raj.
Peachy Carnehan: Detriments you call us? Detriments? Well I want to remind you it was "detriments" like us that built this bloody Empire *and* the Izzat of the bloody Raj, 'ats on!
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Referenced in Three Kings (1999) See more »

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Not the recognition it deserves
15 January 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

For some reason, every time they decide to show this movie on a Swedish TV channel, they do so in the middle of the night, when everyone's asleep. I'm getting angry everytime I see that: because this is a great movie that hasn't really got much recognition (maybe it's like this only here in Sweden). You shouldn't have to miss out a movie this good just because you haven't heard of it.

That said, I will concentrate more on the movie. It's based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling, but this is one of the few occurances where I find the film better. It's an amazing story set in India from when it was under British rule. As the main characters we see Sean Connery and Michael Caine, and they do great roles. I'd always known Sean Connery was a great actor, but I hadn't seen Caine's potential until I saw this movie. Their characters' friendship makes this a warming movie, but at moments it's also quite sad. Besides Connery and Caine, it has many memorable characters, like Christopher Plumming as Kipling.

Stan Huston directs, and I think it shows. The environments for example, really are outstanding; the icy mountains, the crowded market and the Pakistan deserts. When I had finished watching I was overwhelmed, it felt like one of the greatest stories ever told, much like the feeling I had after watching Lawrence of Arabia and Dersu Uzala. There's really nothing that goes against this movie, and needless to say I gave it 10/10.


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