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The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Movie Information

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John Huston


Michael Caine
Sean Connery
Christopher Plummer
Jack May
Albert Moses
Saeed Jaffrey





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A pair of British Soldiers retire from the Army and try to go where white man are not really allowed...or so it seems.

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mitchellyoung 09/10/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Similar to an earlier Huston film, The Man Who Would Be King tells a story of greed and obsession. The film is mostly an energetic and adventurous romp, not getting too heavy-handed or moralistic, and featuring some memorable visual sequences and scenery. The cockney accents of Caine and Connery make for a fun team.

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CJP 10/21/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Action: 3/3 + Comedy: 2/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 0.5/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 9/10 or 95%. There simply aren't action films of this caliber, quality, and audacity anymore. Caine, Conner, and Plummer are perfect as an unlikely trinity who travel down the path of godhood. Plummer embodies the rational spirit of Kipling while Caine becomes the conscious voice of discretion behind Connery's god figure. Not every man should set their sights on becoming a modern Alexander the Great through 50 rifles and a Freemason emblem. Especially any man that can bleed.

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phantom 09/09/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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grew up watching this movie. made my boyfriend watch and he absolutely loved it. hasn't lost any of it's appeal for me either. apparently the story (written by Kipling) was inspired by a real British soldier in the 17 hundreds (I think) who established himself as ruler somewhere in the Himilaeas.

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Alex 06/01/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I recently re-watched this movie. It was quite good actually. I take my originally thoughts that it was terrible back. I probably watched it for the first time during finals week. See it if you enjoy 70s style drama. Very good.

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12/28/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Man Who Would Be King" by Yojimbo

Two likable rogues Michael Caine and Sean Connery hatch a scheme to conquer the untamed wilderness of Kafiristan using their military training to unite its warring tribes. Seeing Connery and Caine together is reason enough to recommend this film to anyone, but John Huston's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic story lives up to all expectations. There is no superfluous action, love scenes or unnecessary bells and whistles; just pure storytelling at its finest. Unsurprisingly, the central double act play off each other brilliantly and together with an excellent Christopher Plummer as Kipling himself, they make for a fantastic parody of and homage to "Britishness" amid a perfect blending of humour and derring do. Huston effortlessly shifts tone, darkening the mood til the wonderful twist...

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