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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.

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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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26 January 1951 (USA)  »

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Rudyard Kipling's Kim  »

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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally bought as a property for Freddie Bartholomew in 1938. Production was so far under way (including Bartholomew posing with Indian elephants for newsreel cameras), that the project was eventually abandoned to save costs. In 1942 it was revived as a property for Mickey Rooney but it too was abandoned at behest of the Office of War Information because of its imperialistic theme. See more »

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The Lama's begging bowl changes. When Kim first begs for food for the Lama, the bowl is reasonably large and black. When the Lama is eating the food Kim first obtains for him, the bowl is small and white with a blue pattern on the outside. When Kim begs for food from the lady with the baby, the bowl is the same size as the first bowl but is now dark blue. See more »

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Emissary: [Talking to the Russians about Kim] Leave him to me. We have our own way of loosening a tongue.
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If you like the book, you'll like the film.
7 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Fans of The Great Game in general and Rudyard Kipling's Kim specifically will enjoy this film, I think, especially if they've read or re-read the book recently. While it is true the film shows its age, if you're not a nit-picker, you should remain engaged. Stockwell does a good job with the title character of Kim, who is the central character, just as he is in the book. While The Great Game swirls around Kim, the story is one of his education in the arts of spying and his devotion to his holy man. The courage portrayed by characters Mahbub Ali (played by Errol Flynn) and Hurree Chunder is reminiscent of the exploits of the real-life locals who served in the Indian Secret Service in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


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