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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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Release Date:
17 December 1975 (USA) See more »
Adventure in all its glory! See more »
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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Grand Adventure, Huston-style! See more (162 total) »


  (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 (casting) (as Boaty Boatright)
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)
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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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129 min
Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 (MPAA rating: certificate #24409) | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

John Huston also considered Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole as Dravot and Carnehan.See more »
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 »
Peachy Carnehan:It took him half an hour to fall.See more »
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What is the song Danny sings as stands on the bridge?
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50 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Grand Adventure, Huston-style!, 30 November 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

No director ever personalized a genre the way John Huston could. While some critics have claimed his style was a 'lack' of style, the opposite is actually true; his sense of irony, love of the absurd, respect for personal codes of honor, and twist endings that always remind us that the true value of a journey is not arriving at a destination, but in the 'getting there' all set apart his best work from that of his contemporaries. Even his lesser work has value, and his best films, which certainly includes THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, are unforgettable.

The tragicomic tale of two ex-Sergeants turned confidence men with a grand scheme to fleece a near-legendary kingdom had been a 'pet' project of Huston's since the forties, and he'd spent years tinkering with the script, planning to film it with Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart in the leads. With Bogart's death in 1957, he'd considered various other match-ups (including Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole), until he found the ideal pair, in Sean Connery and Michael Caine. Connery had just finished the spectacular THE WIND AND THE LION (in which Huston played a small, but memorable role), and the Scot had often been compared to Gable with his dark good looks, machismo, and lack of pretense. Michael Caine, a long-time friend of Connery, was one of the industry's busiest actors, and had already proved himself adept at playing both soldiers and con men. Together, Connery and Caine had a camaraderie and chemistry that even Gable and Bogart couldn't have equaled, and Huston was "quite pleased".

Christopher Plummer was another inspired piece of casting, as the legendary author Rudyard Kipling. Bookish, with a keen intellect and rich sense of humor, Plummer's Kipling, sharing Masonic ties with the future 'Kings', is the perfect foil for the duo, offering sound advice which they totally disregard, with a wink and a smile. As Dravot (Connery) tells him, "We are not little men", and India, bound up in British bureaucracy (as well as becoming too 'hot' for them) could never provide the immensity of riches they dreamed of.

Huston eschewed the 'traditional' approach to adventure films, with cardboard heroes performing near-impossible deeds until the inevitable 'happy ending', and grounded his story in reality, which disappointed any viewers hoping KING would simply be a variation of GUNGA DIN. But in not romanticizing the story, he gives it a sense of immensity and the exotic, a richness of character, and an understanding of human frailties that far surpasses a typical Hollywood product. While Dravot orchestrates the pair's ultimate ruin by taking his 'godhood' too seriously (as he turns 'noble', trying to bring order to his 'kingdom', and decides to start a dynasty by taking a wife), you can understand why Carnehan (Caine), seeing their 'get rich' scheme disintegrate, would be anxious to leave, but also why he would forgive his friend, when they face torture and certain death. Loyalty, to Huston, is not lip service, but a true measure of a man. While Dravot and Carnehan are certainly not role models, their love and respect for each other transcends their faults, even their lives, putting the film's final scene, as a physically crushed Carnehan leaves his 'bundle' for Kipling, into perspective. It is a moment you won't soon forget.

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING proves, yet again, why John Huston, as he once described his friend, Humphrey Bogart, is "irreplaceable".

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