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The Man Who Would Be King ()


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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.

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Daniel Dravot
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Peachy Carnehan
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Rudyard Kipling
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Billy Fish
Larbi Doghmi ...
Ootah (as Doghmi Larbi)
Jack May ...
District Commissioner
Karroom Ben Bouih ...
Kafu Selim
Mohammad Shamsi ...
Babu
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Ghulam
Paul Antrim ...
Mulvaney
Graham Acres ...
Officer
The Blue Dancers of Goulamine ...
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Roxanne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nadia Atbib ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Yvonne Ocampo ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Gurmuks Singh ...
Sikh Soldier (uncredited)
Kimat Singh ...
Sikh Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Huston

Written by

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John Huston ... (screenplay) and
Gladys Hill ... (screenplay)
 
Rudyard Kipling ... (based on the story by)

Produced by

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John Foreman ... producer
William Hill ... associate producer (uncredited)

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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Oswald Morris ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Russell Lloyd

Editorial Department

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Eunice Mountjoy ... assistant editor (as Eunice Beharrell)

Casting By

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Boaty Boatwright ... (casting) (as Boaty Boatright)

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Alexandre Trauner ... (as Alexander Trauner)

Art Direction by

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Tony Inglis

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Edith Head ... (wardrobe designed by)

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George Frost ... makeup artist
Pat McDermott ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Mohamed Abbazi ... production manager: Moroccan Unit
David C. Anderson ... production manager (as David Anderson)
Malcolm J. Christopher ... production manager (as Malcolm Christopher)
Robin Douet ... production manager
Ted Lloyd ... production supervisor
Eva Monley ... production manager

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Bert Batt ... first assistant director
Chris Carreras ... second assistant director (as Christopher Carreras)
Mishka Cheyko ... second assistant director (as Michel Cheyko)
Michael D. Moore ... second unit director (as Michael Moore)

Art Department

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Peter James ... set dresser
Syd Nightingale ... construction manager (as Sidney Nightingale)
Ron Quelch ... production buyer (as Ronald Quelch)
Jack Stephens ... assistant art director
Giulio Srubek Tomassy ... sculptor
Jack Towns ... property master
John Chisholm ... props (uncredited)
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited) / poster designer (uncredited)
Chris Seddon ... drapesman (uncredited)

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Basil Fenton-Smith ... sound recordist (as Basil Fenton Smith)
Leslie Hodgson ... sound editor (as Les Hodgson)
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound recordist
Terry Sharratt ... boom operator (as Terence Sharratt)
Graham V. Hartstone ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Mark Latimer ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Ian MacGregor-Scott ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

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Richard Parker ... special effects (as Dick Parker)

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Wally Veevers ... optical effects
Albert Whitlock ... matte artist
Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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M. James Arnett ... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... stunt double: Sean Connery (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Bob Simmons ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Maurice Arnold ... camera assistant
Dennis Frazer ... key grip
Alex Thomson ... second unit cameraman
John Tythe ... chief electrician
Eric Van Haren Noman ... camera operator (as Eric Van Harem-Noman)
Kathy Fields ... still photographer (uncredited)
Denis Fraser ... grip (uncredited)
John Golding ... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz ... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Paul Vachon ... wardrobe master
John Wilson-Apperson ... wardrobe supervisor (as John Wilson Apperson)

Location Management

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Tony Williams ... location liaison

Music Department

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Maurice Jarre ... conductor
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jacques Cruchet ... transport manager

Other crew

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Angela Allen ... continuity
Barbara Allen ... production secretary
Latifa Irassi ... production secretary: Moroccan Unit
M. Ram-Dani ... liaison: Moroccan Unit
Bob Simmons ... master of horse
Brian Doyle ... publicist (uncredited)
Jim Huber ... stand-in: Michael Caine (uncredited)
Annabelle King ... production assistant (uncredited)
Emanuel L. Wolf ... presenter (uncredited)

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His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco ... the producers thank for the co-operation given in the making of this picture (as H.M. King Hassan II of Morocco)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King (United Kingdom)
  • Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King (United States)
  • L'homme qui voulut être roi (France)
  • Der Mann, der König sein wollte (Germany)
  • El hombre que pudo reinar (Spain)
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  • 129 min
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Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Karroom Ben Bouih (High Priest Kafu Selim) was the night watchman of an olive orchard near the filming location. He was hired after John Huston accidentally met him, and told to come to the set the following day. After he fell asleep a few times during filming, it was discovered that he had still kept his night watchman job. Huston had to explain to him that he didn't need that job any more - the film company would pay him enough that he could sleep at night. See more »
Goofs Billy Fish acts as an interpreter for Daniel and Peachy to the people of Kafiristan. In fact, Billy speaks Urdu to the Kafiristanis and they reply in Moroccan Arabic, two entirely different languages (this is due to the fact the film was shot in Morocco and Moroccan extras were used). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Michael Caine/Sean Connery/David Brenner/Burt Mustin (1975). See more »
Quotes Daniel Dravot: Peachy, I'm heartily ashamed for gettin' you killed instead of going home rich like you deserved to, on account of me bein' so bleedin' high and bloody mighty. Can you forgive me?
Peachy Carnehan: That I can and that I do, Danny, free and full and without let or hindrance.
Daniel Dravot: Everything's all right then.
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