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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:
A work of genius See more (150 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)
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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 .... 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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Trivia:
Karroom Ben Bouih (High Priest Kafu Selim) was the night watchman of an olive orchard near the filming location. He was hired after John Huston accidentally met him, and told to come to the set the following day. After he fell asleep a few times during filming, it was discovered that he had still kept his night watchman job. Huston had to explain to him that he didn't need that job any more - the film company would pay him enough that he could sleep at night.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: To get to Kafiristan they would go through the Khyber Pass and turn north but when they leave the caravan they turn left (south) - in the wrong direction.See more »
Quotes:
Daniel Dravot:The slut bit me!See more »

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29 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A work of genius, 7 June 2003
Author: j_loome from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Outside of the obvious reflections on the immoral and absurdly hypocritical nature of early British colonialism, it's just a damn entertaining movie.

But you have to think that Rudyard Kipling, who grew up under British rule in India, was certainly trying to shake some sensibilities when he first wrote the story as part of an 1890 package called The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories, nearly a century before it was made into a film and during an era when the British Empire was still very much a reality.

From the perceptive realization that even the staunchly important Masonic Lodge -- which had infilitrated every aspect of Britain's upper classes -- could be easily corrupted; to the arrogance as Sean Connery's character Daniel Dravot, who elevates what he sees as mere social superiority into a god-like status; to the inevitable humbling of both men at the hands of the 'savages' they profess to rule, the film is ultimately about the humility all men should exhude, particularly in the face of the unfamiliar.

Kipling's tale also preached tolerance, though you might not consider that to be the case based on the film's climax: consider that if Daniel and Peachy had shown an iota of respect for the religion that they instead decided to fleece, how differently the tale might have played out.

The film owes much of its success to the chemistry between Caine and Connery, who regardless of later plaudits, gave the finest performances of their careers. Connery is particularly nuanced, with Daniel Dravot starting the tale as a somewhat lackwitted second fiddle to the scheming Peachy but later seeing his limited vision help him surpass his friend in terms of villainy with an equally heavy price. Caine plays, to some degree or another, the same charming British sheyster/teddy boy he popularized in the Harry Palmer films. But without a backdrop of similarly disaffected cockney bad guys, it's stunningly effective.

John Huston's direction is among the best of his career, and in terms of his ability to use both sprawling vistas and tight, almost claustrophobic photography, owes a nod to his earlier work, including The African Queen, Night of the Iguana and the Treasure of the Sierra Madre. As examples, witness the zenith of Peachy and Daniel's hazardous trek through the mountains played out in full panoramic detail, only to be followed 90 minutes later by the tight shot of Kipling's face, the revulsion fairly etched into every crease as we reach the climax.

But perhaps the true hero of this film was Boaty Boatright, who also cast Connery's classic "The Wind and The Lion." He managed to take some of the most strident, forceful personalities in the film industries, threw them together and came up with a film about humility. Magic.





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