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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:
No film is closer to perfect See more (154 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 also considered Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole as Dravot and Carnehan.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Peachy and Danny travel with the caravan into the Khyber Pass, all of the camels are Arabian (aka dromedaries), rather than Asian (Bactrian) beasts. This is not an error. Despite their names, both species are present and available in their domestic form in eastern Afghanistan, where the Khyber Pass is, and have been for centuries before the events of the movie take place.See more »
Quotes:
Daniel Dravot:You are going to become soldiers. A soldier does not think. He only obeys. Do you really think that if a soldier thought twice he'd give his life for queen and country? Not bloody likely.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Coyote Beach (2003)See more »

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92 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
No film is closer to perfect, 17 May 1999
Author: Slime-3 from Gloucester, England

Take the story from a master like Kipling, give it to a director of classics like THE AFRICAN QUEEN, add a superb script that crackles with wit and cast two of the greatest modern day screen actors in roles that fit them like gloves. The result comes as near to the perfect action-adventure film as you will ever find. Kipling's rousing tale of two British soldiers in the days of high Empire keeps a tight hold of the viewer throughout. The twists of the tale are fascinating, the characters mesmerizing, the whole concept is so ingenious and full of potential that with such a team it simply cannot miss! Caine & Connery are superb together, oozing charisma and obviously enjoying themselves greatly as the two British NCOs.It's possible that neither has ever produced work to match what you will see here, it's wonderful to watch. Huston's direction is top drawer and the feeling of claustrophobic Indian market places and dusty railways stations is so strong it's a relief when the two heroes of the story make their ways into the wilderness to conquer a territory and "be kings". "Billie Fish", the stranded Ghurka soldier that the pair encounter high in the mountains produces a fine characterisation by Jaffery . His eye-rolling expressions and comic timing are inch perfect in his performance throughout. Perfect too is Christopher Plummer as Kipling himself. Indeed so convincing is he as this most archetypal Englishman that one is reminded how Huston considered casting to be the most important element of his job - to paraphrase, if you find the right actor for the role, he needs no direction! I can't think of a film that more consistantly proves how right he was!

Through battles, politics, greed and jealousy the two would-be kings gallop untill the final memorable explosive showdown. The last scene is perhaps the most effective and memorable of all. True pathos which tugs strongly at the heartstrings. A fitting end to a marvelous film.

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