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The Brigand of Kandahar (1965)

Not Rated | | Adventure, History | November 1965 (USA)
The British army fights off rampaging locals in 1850s India.


John Gilling


John Gilling (original story and screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Lewis ... Case
Oliver Reed ... Eli Khan
Duncan Lamont ... Colonel Drewe
Yvonne Romain ... Ratina
Katherine Woodville ... Elsa (as Catherine Woodville)
Glyn Houston ... Marriott
Sean Lynch ... Rattu
Walter Brown Walter Brown ... Hitala
Inigo Jackson Inigo Jackson ... Captain Boyd
Jeremy Burnham ... Captain Connelly
Joe Powell Joe Powell ... Colour Sergeant
Henry Davies Henry Davies ... 2nd Lt. Crowe
John Southworth John Southworth ... 2nd Lt. Barlow
Caron Gardner ... Serving Maid


In 1850, a British garrison defends Fort Kandahar on the North West Frontier of British India. Lieutenant Case is a mixed race British officer under the command of Colonel Drewe. Case is despised by his colonel and a few jealous fellow officers for being part-native. However, due to his background, Case is useful to the British who use him to infiltrate the local tribes. The tribes, united under a war chieftain named Ali Khan, have been fomenting revolt against the British colonial forces. Disguised as a native, Lieutenant Case collects valuable intelligence for his regiment. Unfortunately, during a spying mission, Case and a fellow officer, Captain Connelly are discovered. Case escapes under the cover of darkness but Connelly is captured. On his return to Fort Kandahar, Case is accused of deliberately abandoning Connelly to the enemy and of cowardice as he made no attempt to rescue Connelly. The love affair between Connelly's wife and Case is well-known at the fort and many officers ... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


His Plundering Army of Bandit Raiders Sweeps to Glory Across the Plains of India!


Adventure | History


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Release Date:

November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigandul din Kandahar See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Captain Boyd: Nearly a week ago, I presented you with an ultimatum. I'm still waiting for your answer.
Elsa: I've thought about your ultimatum, Captain Boyd. I intend to convey it to Robert Case on his return.
Captain Boyd: That should be at any moment. You've made a wise decision.
Elsa: You leave me with no alternative, of course. Why are you so vindictive?
Elsa: I don't like wives who cheat. Especially with half-castes. And I don't like half-castes who masquerade as officers.
Elsa: I suggest you complain to the War Office who appoint them.
Captain Boyd: ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: FORT KANDAHAR A British outpost on the North West frontier of India 1850. See more »


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Sexy Moslem rebels
23 September 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Half King Of The Khyber Rifles, half Duel In The Sun, The Brigand of Kandahar doesn't come close to being as good as those other two classics.

Mixed race British army officer Ronald Lewis comes home without another officer with whom he was out on a scouting expedition. Colonel Duncan Lamont doesn't believe that he had to flee to give his report and charges him with cowardice. The racism involved here is rather obvious, but Lewis is still drummed out of the service. While in jail the agents of charismatic Afghan tribal leader Oliver Reed free Lewis and he joins Reed's tribe to make war on the British. Lewis also has an eye for Yvonne Romain who is Reed's sexy sister. From what we know now and we know plenty more since 9/11 about Moslem culture, sisters of charismatic would be Mahdis don't walk around in the sexy outfits Romain wears accenting some really mountainous chest construction.

Lewis was also kanoodling with Katharine Woodville the wife of the officer he allegedly deserted. The final battle scenes are staged nicely with an ending totally ripped off from Duel In The Sun.

Recent events have both dated this film and made it somewhat amusing. Oliver Reed is always interesting even in mediocrity. But unless you're an Oliver Reed fan or like size 36 and up, The Brigand Of Kandahar really isn't for you.

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