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Kim (1950)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 26 January 1951 (USA)
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During the British Raj, the orphan of a British soldier poses as a Hindu and is torn between his loyalty to a Buddhist mystic and aiding the English secret service.

Director:

Victor Saville

Writers:

Rudyard Kipling (novel), Leon Gordon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Mahbub Ali - The Red Beard
Dean Stockwell ... Kimball 'Kim' O'Hara Jr.
Paul Lukas ... Lama
Robert Douglas ... Colonel Creighton
Thomas Gomez ... Emissary
Cecil Kellaway ... Hurree Chunder
Arnold Moss ... Lurgan Sahib
Reginald Owen ... Father Victor
Laurette Luez ... Laluli
Richard Hale ... Hassan Bey
Roman Toporow Roman Toporow ... The Russian
Ivan Triesault ... The Russian
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Storyline

Kim, a young boy living on his own on the streets of India, is actually the son of a British officer. He meets a lama, a holy man, and devotes himself to his tending. But when British administrators discover his birthright, he is placed in a British school. His nature, however, is opposed to the regimentation expected for the son of a British soldier, and he rebels. His familiarity with Indian life and his ability to pass as an Indian child allows him to function as a spy for the British as they attempt to thwart revolution and invasion of India. Rejoining his holy man, Kim (with the help of daring adventurer Mahbub Ali) takes on a dangerous mission. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A great family adventure by the author of THE JUNGLE BOOK. See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

26 January 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudyard Kipling's Kim See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,049,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,896,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,348,000, 31 December 1951
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Loew's See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the master shot of the scene in which Flynn enters the tent with a bowl of food for Dean Stockwell for the lama, practical joker Flynn had piled it high with steaming fresh camel dung. Stockwell played the scene as written but it cost Flynn $500 because he had bet with the crew that he could make the young actor crack up laughing. See more »

Goofs

When Kim falls through the matted ceiling into the harem, the cutaway marks in the mat are visible before he hits it. See more »

Quotes

Kim: [as they are about to cross a stream, Kim spots a cobra on a rock] No, holy one, don't go there. See - a cobra, king cobra!
Lama: [Kim picks up a large stone to kill it] No, let him live out his life! He's bound on the wheel of life as we are. Great evil this soul must have done to be reborn in this shape!
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The "I" in the title is dotted by a crescent. See more »

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Referenced in Rapture (1979) See more »

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D'Ye Ken John Peel?
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Intense adventure with splendid production and impressive scenarios
27 July 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a nice version of Rudyard Kipling's notorious India tale, adapted in Hollywood style by Victor Saville and set in 1880s. Along with ¨Courageous captains¨, ¨Jungle book¨, ¨The Elephant boy¨ are the Kipling's most known adaptations. Kim(Dean Stockwell) is 15-years old boy posing as vagrant native , but he's actually son of a English sergeant. He's living on his own resources when finds a monk Lama(Paul Lukas) , a holy man. Kim is looking for a red bull an the Buddhist Lama on search for a river where Budda hurled an arrow becoming itself a sacred place. Kim also befriends an Afgan horse dealer named Mahbub Ali (Errol Flynn) . Later on , Kim is trained by English secret service(Arnold Moss) as spy. Then Kim receives orders of a Brit colonel(Robert Douglas) for a daring mission.

This rousing adventure film packs emotion, feats, thrills and agreeable performances. Stars Paul Lukas does a magnificent acting as spiritual monk but is Dean Stockwell as the rogue waif , in the title role, who steals show. Although relies heavily on the enjoyable relationship between the protagonists , nevertheless the film is very amusing, providing some intense action scenes and lots of excitement. Enthusiastic supporting cast from Robert Douglas, Cecil Kellaway, Thomas Gomez, Laurette Luez and Reginald Owen as Father Victor, among them. Glamorous cinematography in glimmer Technicolor by William L Skall . Filmed on location in Rajasthan,Agra(India) and US, as Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, Sierra Nevada mountains of California and with production design by prestigious Cedric Gibbons and Hans Peters. Stirring and exotic musical score by Andre Previn. The picture is flavorfully directed by Victor Saville. Rating : Good and nice, it's an exciting family fare. It's remade for TV(1984) in an inferior version directed by John Davies and starred by Peter O'Toole as Lama and Blayr Brown as Ali.


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