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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:
John Huston: A Man Who Was King 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
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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:
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 »
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:Pardon me while I fall down laughing. HA, HA, HA.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Mummy Returns (2001)See more »

FAQ

What is the song Danny sings as stands on the bridge?
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
John Huston: A Man Who Was King, 6 March 2007
Author: j_beaudine from Lake Park, Minnesota

It took John Huston more than 20 years to bring one of his favorite stories, "The Man Who Would Be King," to the big screen. Originally, he had Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable in mind for the lead roles. Sean Connery and Michael Caine would end up in the roles. Overall, it was worth the wait.

Based on Rudyard Kipling's short story, "The Man Who Would Be King" is a tale set in the 1880s at the height of the British empire's rule in India. Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnehan (Connery and Caine respectfully) are two soldiers turned con men who decide to conquer Kafiristan, a remote section of Afghanistan. Once there, the two men plan to train the natives into an army, become rulers, and steal the country's treasure left behind by Alexander the Great. However, due to a misunderstanding, Daniel is crowned king and is seen as a possible god and descent of Alexander. Peachy wants to stick with the plan, but Daniel soon becomes consumed by his new power.

In a decade that evolved around the 'New Hollywood,' Huston was one of the very few filmmakers from the Studiio-era to be able to continue his craftsmanship and turn out some fine stories. In a way, "The Man Who Would Be King" is a big screen epic presented on a smaller scale. Despite all the breathtaking scenery and fine set pieces, it ultimately is a character driven story about two friends staying together until the end.

The performances of Connery and Caine rank among the best work from their distinguished careers. Christopher Plummer also gives a fine performance as Kipling himself. Huston, who always seemed to adapt other's materials successfully, achieved one of his most personal projects into fine perfection. With beautiful locations and a wonderful musical score by Maurice Jarre, "The Man Who Would Be King" is not only one of Huston's best, but is also one of the best films to come out from the 70s that still had a certain feel of stories that had a feel of a time long gone when film audiences were able to enjoy films that had everything. Adventure, comedy, drama, suspense, and so forth. I guess you could say 'They don't make them like they use to' after viewing this film from one of the great film mavericks of all time.

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