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King Rat (1965)

Approved | | Drama, War | 27 October 1965 (USA)
A fast-taking wheeler-dealer Corporal in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during World War II uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

James Clavell (based on a novel by), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Cpl. King
Tom Courtenay ... Grey
James Fox ... Marlowe
Patrick O'Neal ... Max
Denholm Elliott ... Larkin
James Donald ... Dr. Kennedy
Todd Armstrong ... Tex
John Mills ... Smedley-Taylor
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Jones
Leonard Rossiter ... McCoy
John Standing ... Daven
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Brant
John Ronane John Ronane ... Hawkins
Sam Reese Sam Reese ... Kurt (as Sammy Reese)
Michael Lees ... Stevens
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Storyline

When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the Allied P.O.W.s, mostly British, but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a P.O.W. camp like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences, for the simple reason that there was no place for the prisoners to which to escape. Included among the prisoners is the American Corporal King (George Segal), a wheeler-dealer who has managed to established a pretty good life for himself in the camp. While most of the prisoners are near starvation and have uniforms that are in tatters, King eats well and and has crisp clean clothes to wear every day. His nemesis is Lieutenant Robin Grey (Sir Tom Courtenay), the camp Provost who attempts to keep good order and discipline. He knows that King is breaking camp rules by bartering with the Japanese, but can't quite get the evidence he needs to stop him. King soon forms a friendship with Lieutenant Peter Marlowe (James Fox), an upper class British officer who ... Written by garykmcd

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They made the toughest among them... King! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Malay | Japanese

Release Date:

27 October 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El caudillo de los desalmados See more »

Filming Locations:

Thousand Oaks, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Coleytown See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were offered the chance to star in this movie. They turned it down. See more »

Goofs

King keeps his fresh eggs in an open bowl in a suitcase. They hide the case, before they can re-arrange the contents, in an hidden vault dropping it down sideways and undoubtedly breaking them. As they do this frequently they will have taken more care of this valuable commodity. See more »

Quotes

Col. George Smedley-Taylor: The Senior Officers: I'll probably die of apoplexy... Trying to enforce insane laws imposed by incompetent administrators.
Yoshima: The Japanese: I shall report your impertinence to to General Oshima
Col. George Smedley-Taylor: The Senior Officers: Yes, please do... And ask him who gave the order that each man in the camp was to catch 20 flies a day, and that they should be collected and counted and delivered daily to your office personally by me.
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Soundtracks

Adeste Fideles
(uncredited)
Written by Frederick Oakeley (1841)
Variation sung in distant background by POWs
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Clavell's most researched work
25 March 2002 | by jeffhill1See all my reviews

I saw "King Rat" on television shortly before going to Vietnam. A few months later I was reading the James Clavell novel while serving on DaNang Air Base with air force communications intelligence. It struck me that this book and this movie, which was "researched" by James Clavell when he was a POW in a camp near Singapore during World War II, have the real feel of what it is to be surrounded by enemy forces one almost never sees while being kept isolated on a hot, humid, dusty encampment It's an environment that brings out the best and the worst in mankind. The novel, the movie, and my own war zone experience also point out that adapting to a war zone and mastering the skills that enable one to survive and even prosper there do not necessarily mean that the individual will subsequently be adaptable to "civilization" when he returns to it. The novel, the movie, and my own experiences also raise the questions that are raised in "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" (and even in "Rambo" for that matter): Which is more of a challenge and which is the "real" life: adapting to the war zone as a youth or the expectations by "civilization" that you readjust to life back in "the world" as if nothing had happened?


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