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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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According to Dean Stockwell in a 1985 interview, "There were uglies and there were beauties. For me, Errol Flynn was the best. I didn't know anything about sex or what manhood was - and he opened that door for me." See more »

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Near the end, Kim's string of beads alternates between being tucked inside his jacket in full shots and hanging outside the coat, draped over his lapels, in close-ups See more »

Quotes

Hurree Chunder: [Noticing that Hurree Chunder has noticed a pretty girl driving by] The sky is the same color wherever you go.
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The "I" in the title is dotted by a crescent. See more »

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Version of Kim (1984) See more »

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D'Ye Ken John Peel?
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One of the Best of All "Boys' Adventures"
10 January 1999 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

A faithful rendering of Kipling's exciting tale, together with fine production values and an all-star cast, makes for great entertainment for young and old.

I remember being read Kipling as a young boy, and while the animated Disney bowdlerization of the Jungle Book is unwatchable for anyone who knows the book, this rendering of Kipling's other great adventure is in a class with other great "exotic" tales like The Four Feathers and King Solomon's Mines.

While some may fault the rather unconvincing casting of an over-the-hill Flynn, as a dashing thief, and Paul Lucas as an aging lama, these great professionals soon overcome that liability and assume their characters successfully. Stockwell credits Flynn for "opening the door" to manhood, something Flynn's character did For Kim.

Dean Stockwell was at his peak as a child star. His impishness, as a white boy gone native, anticipates his screen persona after a successful transition to adult roles.

Imagine a young boy (in a non politically correct era) being read or watching Kim just before bedtime. What dreams he'll have!

By the way, while parts of the film were made on a sound stage or back lot - like all films with decent sound - much of it was shot on location - in India.


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