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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

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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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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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17 December 1975 (USA)  »

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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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John Huston tried to launch the film version of "The Man Who Would Be King" many times before completing it . It was originally conceived as a vehicle for Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart in the fifties, and later as a vehicle for Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. When it was considered as a vehicle for Robert Redford and Paul Newman, Newman suggested Sean Connery and Michael Caine. See more »

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The Kafiristanis worship idols and yet the prayers/religious chants they utter are standard Muslim prayers/religious chants. They clearly mention the name of Allah several times. Islam is a strictly monotheistic religion, being against the worship of idols. See more »

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Danny: You mortals wait down there!
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Referenced in Three Kings (1999) See more »

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Is it possible EVERYONE missed the point?
8 November 2005 | by (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

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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