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North West Frontier (1959)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 25 October 1959 (UK)
In British India, a young prince must be taken to safey across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Frank S. Nugent (adapted from a screenplay by) (as Frank Nugent), Patrick Ford (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Capt. Scott
Lauren Bacall ... Catherine Wyatt
Herbert Lom ... Van Leyden
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Bridie (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
I.S. Johar ... Gupta (as I.S. Johar/I. S. Johar)
Ursula Jeans ... Lady Windham
Eugene Deckers ... Peters
Ian Hunter ... Sir John Windham
Jack Gwillim ... Brigadier Ames
Govind Raja Ross Govind Raja Ross ... Prince Kishan
Basil Hoskins Basil Hoskins ... A.D.C.
S.M. Asgaralli S.M. Asgaralli ... Havildar(1st. Indian Soldier) (as S.M.Asgaralli)
Sam Chowdhary Sam Chowdhary ... 2nd. Indian Soldier (as S.S. Chowdhary)
Moultrie Kelsall ... British Correspondent
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... American Correspondent
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Storyline

In northwestern India soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Moslem rebels seek to kill a six-year-old Hindu prince to end his family line. Captain Scott of the British Army is ordered to get the prince out of the region safely. Adventure ensues as Scott sneaks the child away, through Moslem-held territory, by train. Also on board are the boy's American governess, an arms merchant, a cynical reporter, and two upper class Britons. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Two people trapped by fate. In a country with no destiny.

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Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

25 October 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

North West Frontier See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~6.9 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6 seconds. See more »

Goofs

Most of the rifles carried by both the British/Indians, and the rebels, are the Lee-Enfield SMLE, which was only just being introduced at the time and so unlikely to be in such wide use. However, when Capt Scott cleans one with a pull-through on the train (just after handing one to Peters), with the bolt removed a bridge charger guide is visible, which identifies it as a Mark III, introduced in 1907. There are also a couple of No. 4 rifles visible used by rebels, much later versions (late 1930s) of the Enfield. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Wyatt: Are you sure about Mr. Van Layden? I mean, won't you get into a lot of trouble if you're wrong?
Captain Scott: Wouldn't you like to see me drummed out of my regiment? Paraded before the troops? Medals torn off my manly bosom? I used to think that would be just your cup of tea.
Catherine Wyatt: They don't really do all that, do they?
Captain Scott: Well, of course they do! And my best friend calls on me in my quarters, hands me a loaded revolver and says, "Carruthers, its the only way out for a gentleman."
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Crazy Credits

The American release, entitled "Flame Over India", gives Lauren Bacall top billing. The British release, which is entitled "North West Frontier" and is the one on DVD, gives Kenneth More, a popular star in England, top billing. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was cut by ca. 19 minutes. For the TV version, another 15 minutes were deleted from the film. See more »

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The Eton Boating Song
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One of the best adventure movies
4 January 2004 | by jaydeepSee all my reviews

This film was screened last night on PBS. The title "Flame over India" caught my attention. Noting that the movie was made in 1959, I thought this would be one of the slow paced older movies. Surprise! The movie keeps you on the edge of your couch all the time. Some salient features:

1) The hero is more credible like the heroes and leaders you see in real-life - not huge and invincible like Arnold. Puts his own life at risk to save a young Hindu prince's life from Muslim rebels all the while knowing that the kid will be coerced to fight against him should the British not cease the occupation of India. Nevertheless, his actions are based on his duty as a soldier and as a compassionate human being.

2) Effective portrayal of opposing views - the gullible British lady, Mrs. Wyndham commenting that peoples not under the British Empire were uncivilized and the extremely polarized view of the cynical Indian journalist who opposes killing in theory. The movie brings out the sentiments from both sides. Also well done was the scene of a train massacre in showing the courage of Ms Wyatt to walk among the slain and save a young child that was still alive.

3) Several thrilling moments and some moments of suspense. The ambushes feel very real.

4) The movie was shot in India and it gives a very realistic look - especially the trains and the rural stations. Contrary to what many in the Western Hemisphere believe, the movie shows that not all Indians in that time were illiterate (Gupta speaks reasonably good English).

All in all a great movie. I would love to watch it again.


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