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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as Kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

John Huston (screenplay), Gladys Hill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sean Connery ... Daniel Dravot
Michael Caine ... Peachy Carnehan
Christopher Plummer ... Rudyard Kipling
Saeed Jaffrey ... Billy Fish
Larbi Doghmi Larbi Doghmi ... Ootah (as Doghmi Larbi)
Jack May Jack May ... District Commissioner
Karroom Ben Bouih Karroom Ben Bouih ... Kafu Selim
Mohammad Shamsi Mohammad Shamsi ... Babu
Albert Moses ... Ghulam
Paul Antrim Paul Antrim ... Mulvaney
Graham Acres Graham Acres ... Officer
The Blue Dancers of Goulamine The Blue Dancers of Goulamine ... Dancers
Shakira Caine ... Roxanne
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This adaptation of the famous short story by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan, two ex-soldiers in India when it was under British rule. They decide that the country is too small for them, so they head off to Kafiristan in order to become Kings in their own right. Kipling is seen as a character that was there at the beginning, and at the end of this glorious tale. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Taglines:

Rudyard Kipling's epic of splendor, spectacle and high adventure at the top of a legendary world. See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King See more »

Filming Locations:

Todgha Gorge, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,200,000, 31 December 1975
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Karroom Ben Bouih, who played the high priest Kafu-Selim, was one hundred three-years-old when he made his only movie appearance. When he saw some of the footage, he declared that now he would live on forever. See more »

Goofs

The avalanche footage was clearly shot at a ski area, as many ski tracks can be seen as the avalanche falls. Such tracks would be highly unlikely high in the Hindu Kush. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Dravot: The slut bit me!
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Connections

Featured in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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Wonderful adventure film with breathtaking outdoors , unforgettable dialogs and sensational performances
19 November 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Ruyard Kipling's epic of splendor , spectacle and high adventure at the top of a legendary world. It begins with some words which Rudyard Kipling pens in the opening scene are the opening lines to an actual Kipling poem, "The Ballad of Boh da Thone" that contains several elements which feature in the movie . The flick tells the tale of Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery's favorite film character , though John Huston also considered Richard Burton) and Peachy Carnahan (Michael Caine , though also was deemed Peter O'Toole) , two ex-soldiers in India when it was under British rule. Kipling (Christopher Plummer would have been dismissed early on by the producers but for Sean Connery's insistence that Plummer stay) who is seen as an important role that was there at the beginning and the ending , he advised about a dangerous journey . They decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan , a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander . There Daniel becomes a king and attempts to marry a princess (Shakira Caine, this is the only feature film to co-star Michael Caine and wife) under High Priest Kafu Selim (Karroom Ben Bouih was 103 years old when he made his first and only film appearance , when he saw some of the footage he declared that now he would live on forever.

Long live and spectacular adventure with an extraordinary duo , Connery and Caine , they form the best pair of all time . A glorious tale with two heroes who head off to Kafiristan in order to become Kings in their own right . John Huston tried to launch the film version of "The Man Who Would Be King" many times before completing it . It was originally conceived as a vehicle for Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart in the fifties, and later as a vehicle for Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. When it was considered as a vehicle for Robert Redford and Paul Newman, Newman suggested Sean Connery and Michael Caine . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Oswald Morris filmed in Pinewood studios with magnificent production design by Alexandre Trauner and shot on location Glen Canyon, Utah, USA , Grande Montée, Mont-Blanc, Chamonix , France ,Atlas Mountains, Morocco and at the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, just north of the southern Moroccan city of Ouarzazate ; this site was used in Gladiator as the North-African arena where Maximus first fights. Ouarzazate is known as "Morocco's Hollywood" since many international productions - such as Kingdom of Heaven and The Hills Have Eyes - were shot in the area. Imaginative as well as sensitive musical score composed and conducted by Maurice Jarre .

The motion picture well produced by John Foreman was stunningly by the great John Huston at his best . The picture was made in a good time of the 70s and 80s when Huston resurged as a director of quality films with Fat City, (1972), The man who would be king (1975) and Wise blood (1979). He ended his career on a high note with Under volcano (1984), the afore-mentioned Honor of Prizzi (1985) and Dublineses (1987). Rating : Above average , this is one of John Huston's best films , a model of his kind , definitely a must see if you are aficionado to adventure film . Huston broke a new ground with this landmark movie , providing classic scenes and unforgettable dialogs .


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