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The Man Who Would Be King -- Sean Connery and Michael Caine star in this story about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl.

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Director:
Writers:
John Huston (screenplay) and
Gladys Hill (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 December 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Adventure in all its glory! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Adventure! Excitement! Exotic Locales! You too can experience these in the Queen's Army! See more (156 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Connery ... Daniel Dravot

Michael Caine ... Peachy Carnehan

Christopher Plummer ... Rudyard Kipling

Saeed Jaffrey ... Billy Fish
Doghmi Larbi ... Ootah
Jack May ... District Commissioner
Karroom Ben Bouih ... Kafu Selim
Mohammad Shamsi ... Babu

Albert Moses ... Ghulam
Paul Antrim ... Mulvaney
Graham Acres ... Officer
The Blue Dancers of Goulamine ... Dancers
Shakira Caine ... Roxanne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nadia Atbib ... Dancer (uncredited)
Yvonne Ocampo ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gurmuks Singh ... Sikh Soldier (uncredited)
Kimat Singh ... Sikh Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
John Huston (screenplay) and
Gladys Hill (screenplay)

Rudyard Kipling (based on the story by)

Produced by
John Foreman .... producer
William Hill .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Russell Lloyd 
 
Casting by
Boaty Boatwright 
 
Production Design by
Alexandre Trauner  (as Alexander Trauner)
 
Art Direction by
Tony Inglis 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (wardrobe designed by)
 
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup artist
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Pat McDermott)
 
Production Management
Mohamed Abbazi .... production manager: Moroccan Unit
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
Malcolm J. Christopher .... production manager (as Malcolm Christopher)
Robin Douet .... production manager
Ted Lloyd .... production supervisor
Eva Monley .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... first assistant director
Chris Carreras .... second assistant director (as Christopher Carreras)
Michel Cheyko .... second assistant director
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Michael Moore)
 
Art Department
Peter James .... set dresser
Syd Nightingale .... construction manager (as Sidney Nightingale)
Ron Quelch .... production buyer (as Ronald Quelch)
Jack Stephens .... assistant art director
Giulio Srubek Tomassy .... sculptor
Jack Towns .... property master
John Chisholm .... props (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Chris Seddon .... drapesman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound recordist (as Basil Fenton Smith)
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor (as Les Hodgson)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (as Terence Sharratt)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard Parker .... special effects (as Dick Parker)
 
Visual Effects by
Wally Veevers .... optical effects
Albert Whitlock .... matte artist
Doug Ferris .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Arnold .... camera assistant
Dennis Frazer .... key grip
Alex Thomson .... second unit cameraman
John Tythe .... chief electrician
Eric Van Haren Noman .... camera operator (as Eric Van Harem-Noman)
Kathy Fields .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
John Golding .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Vachon .... wardrobe master
John Wilson-Apperson .... wardrobe supervisor (as John Wilson Apperson)
 
Editorial Department
Eunice Beharrell .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jacques Cruchet .... transport manager
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Barbara Allen .... production secretary
Latifa Irassi .... production secretary: Moroccan Unit
M. Ram-Dani .... liaison: Moroccan Unit
Bob Simmons .... master of horse
Tony Williams .... location liaison
Jim Huber .... stand-in: Michael Caine (uncredited)
Annabelle King .... production assistant (uncredited)
Emanuel L. Wolf .... presenter (uncredited)
 
Thanks
His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco .... the producers thank for the co-operation given in the making of this picture (as H.M. King Hassan II of Morocco)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
129 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (1992) (2002) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
As of 2014, this is the only feature film to co-star Michael Caine and wife Shakira Caine.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Daniel prevents Ootah from executing the leaders of the first battle, Daniel slaps Ootah's sword hand with his trophy arrow. The arrow snaps, yet is whole in the very next scene.See more »
Quotes:
Peachy Carnehan:I have urgent business to the South.See more »

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39 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Adventure! Excitement! Exotic Locales! You too can experience these in the Queen's Army!, 29 November 2004
Author: Jason Forestein (jay4stein79@yahoo.com) from somerville, ma

My friend threw this DVD at my head one night while we were arguing about film. I said all adventure movies left me feeling a little hollow - adventure movies tended to abandon story, really, in favor of plot (important distinction: stories are interesting, plots boring; consequently a film with a story to tell is better than a movie with a plot to move forward). I think he hurled the disc at me out of pure frustration with my point of view. In doing so, he also won the argument.

The Man Who Would Be King is the single greatest adventure film I've ever seen. It's a story - It's a tale - It's not a series of plot developments (to me, to go further with this plot/story dichotomy, a plot is mechanical (and sometimes that machine is well-oiled) while a story is organic and feels less contrived (though the story, as organic matter sometimes is, can be rotten)). It's a very good story at that. The Man Who Would Be King (I believe as a result of its derivation from Kipling) has a depth and development of character that is foreign to most adventure tales. Few films are as rousing as this and few films that are this rousing have nearly as much to say about mankind.

John Huston, of course, is a master of instilling greatness into traditionally tedious genres. He transformed the mystery, the western, the swashbuckler. Why not the adventure story too? As evidenced in The Maltese Falcon and Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Huston can take what might wind up a plot and transform it into a story. He understands that characters - human, conflicted, devious characters - are essential to creating genre pictures that transcend their genre. Without Huston, this film would have undoubtedly faltered; his steady and determined hand guides this film from the hazards of superficiality without sacrificing entertainment and adventure.

He does not create a great film single-handedly though, as Connery and Caine, who both give tremendous performances, bestow upon Peachy and Daniel immense likability despite their scoundrel airs. Caine proves again why he may be the greatest living British actor and Connery reminds us that there's more to him than 007.

As I said, this is one of the greatest adventure tales brought to the screen. Though some may disagree, in particular my friend who threw the DVD at my head, it's better than any of the late 30s swashbucklers and better than most shoot-em-ups made since.

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