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Plot: Two British soldiers in India 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. Runtime: 129 mins Release Date: 17 Dec 1975
Take the story from a master like Kipling, give it to a director of classics like THE AFRICAN QUEEN, add a superb script that crackles with wit and cast two of the greatest modern day screen actors in roles that fit them like gloves. The result comes as near to the perfect action-adventure film as you will ever find. Kipling's rousing tale of two British soldiers in the days of high Empire keeps a tight hold of the viewer throughout. The twists of the tale are fascinating, the characters mesmerizing, the whole concept is so ingenious and full of potential that with such a team it simply <more>
cannot miss! Caine & Connery are superb together, oozing charisma and obviously enjoying themselves greatly as the two British NCOs.It's possible that neither has ever produced work to match what you will see here, it's wonderful to watch. Huston's direction is top drawer and the feeling of claustrophobic Indian market places and dusty railways stations is so strong it's a relief when the two heroes of the story make their ways into the wilderness to conquer a territory and "be kings". "Billie Fish", the stranded Ghurka soldier that the pair encounter high in the mountains produces a fine characterisation by Jaffery . His eye-rolling expressions and comic timing are inch perfect in his performance throughout. Perfect too is Christopher Plummer as Kipling himself. Indeed so convincing is he as this most archetypal Englishman that one is reminded how Huston considered casting to be the most important element of his job - to paraphrase, if you find the right actor for the role, he needs no direction! I can't think of a film that more consistantly proves how right he was!Through battles, politics, greed and jealousy the two would-be kings gallop untill the final memorable explosive showdown. The last scene is perhaps the most effective and memorable of all. True pathos which tugs strongly at the heartstrings. A fitting end to a marvelous film.
The greatest "buddy film" of all time. What makes this so? First off, casting two real life friends, Sean Connery and Michael Caine. Second, all other "buddy films" are simply comedies. And while the Man Who Would Be King has some laughs in it, and Connery and Caine bounce off of each other almost as good as Abbott and Costello, the story itself is a drama. And what a drama it is. Two English soldiers set out to be the rulers of a country, but can anyone who was a grunt one day, and a king the next, become a King without getting an inflated ego? The answer is no and that <more>
becomes the ultimate test for these two friends. Terrific performances by Caine, Connery and even Christopher Plummer, who gives a brief, but good performance as Rudyard Kipling, the man who wrote the short story this film was based on. This film features perhaps the greatest ending to a movie ever made. You will never forget it, and you will wish that you had a friendship as strong as these two individuals.
For some reason, every time they decide to show this movie on a Swedish TV channel, they do so in the middle of the night, when everyone's asleep. I'm getting angry everytime I see that: because this is a great movie that hasn't really got much recognition maybe it's like this only here in Sweden . You shouldn't have to miss out a movie this good just because you haven't heard of it.That said, I will concentrate more on the movie. It's based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling, but this is one of the few occurances where I find the film better. It's an amazing <more>
story set in India from when it was under British rule. As the main characters we see Sean Connery and Michael Caine, and they do great roles. I'd always known Sean Connery was a great actor, but I hadn't seen Caine's potential until I saw this movie. Their characters' friendship makes this a warming movie, but at moments it's also quite sad. Besides Connery and Caine, it has many memorable characters, like Christopher Plumming as Kipling.Stan Huston directs, and I think it shows. The environments for example, really are outstanding; the icy mountains, the crowded market and the Pakistan deserts. When I had finished watching I was overwhelmed, it felt like one of the greatest stories ever told, much like the feeling I had after watching Lawrence of Arabia and Dersu Uzala. There's really nothing that goes against this movie, and needless to say I gave it 10/10.
Sometimes Huston seems to have fallen asleep at the wheel. It's hard to believe that he made a movie like "Annie" for any reasons other than financial. But his winners are first-rate. I'll only mention "The Maltese Falcon," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," and "The African Queen" in passing. Hardly anybody seems to be turning out well-crafted work like this anymore, pieces in which plot, character, and atmosphere cohere."The Man Who Would Be King" is a fine example of Huston at or near his best. It is completely without pretense -- <more>
a kind of blustering, masculine, tragicomedy with two superb actors in the leads and fine support by Christopher Plummer as Brother Kipling. Nothing that Caine or Connery feel seems to be more than an inch deep. Stranded on a snowy mountaintop in the Hindu Kush, they sit around a dying campfire discussing how they're going to kill themselves, since they will otherwise slowly freeze to death. "Let's wait till the fire goes out," suggests Caine, "and I'll do the necessary." Connery muses, "Peachy, do you think our lives have been misspent?" "Well," replies Caine, "I wouldn't say the world is a better place for our having been IN it." They start laughing as they reminisce, provoking a life-saving snow avalanche.They are clever, treacherous, greedy, and very human. They've taken a serious vow against the use of women or liquor until they've completed their plan of robbing some remote tribe of natives "six ways from Sunday." Learning that they have no interest in sleeping with his daughters, a friendly chieftain suggests that maybe some boys would do the trick, sending the heroes into a Victorian dudgeon.I can't carry on much more about the jokes or about the underlying theme, which is pretty sad. Hubris, the Greeks would have called it, defying the gods and presuming to rise above your station. The lawyers might have called it lex loci. Having been proclaimed king, Connery tells Caine, "I'll be going now. You mortals remain outside." Connery breaks his vow where women are concerned and marries the lusciously exotic Roxanne Caine's wife at the time . The spirit grew ever weaker and the flesh was all too willing.Neither Caine nor Connery has ever disgraced or damaged a movie they've been in, although the reverse hasn't always been the case. They're not exactly heroes here, either. Huston and his writers were unsentimental. The two are racists. Caine throws an affable Indian gentleman off the train -- "Outside, Baboo!" -- and Huston treats it as a comic incident. That unapologetic lack of political correctness also spares us any nonsense about noble savages. Each of the isolated mountain tribes complains about the next tribe living upstream that they wait until the local women are bathing or doing laundry in the river, then they pee into the river. Offered the title of "Ootah The Great," one chief grumbles and says he'd prefer to be known as "Ootah the Terrible." It would have been easy to sentimentalize these people, a bit of teaching of Oriental Wisdom, "a man's reach should not exceed his grasp," or "all things in moderation," or some such nonsense, but we don't get it here. These are pretty rough dudes who play ball with the heads of their enemies.In trying to capitalize on the success of this movie, the company brought out a "novelization", which turned the screenplay into a novel, as if Kipling had never lived to write the original story. Talk about barbarism! I could watch this a hundred times and still marvel at Connery's mastery of the military style of speech when he says lines like, "There'll be no summary executions in THIS ah-my!" And, "Sorry about that. Blood was up. Won't happen again." He does it at least as well as Nigel Greene, Harry Andrews, or Jack Hawkins -- those mess hall terminal contours.Don't miss it.
Using the old Irish folk tune, the Minstrel Boy for background, John Huston made himself one old fashioned movie of adventure and romance like we rarely see today.Of course this film rises and falls on the charm and chemistry of its two leads, Sean Connery and Michael Caine. They're a pair of lovable con artists who nearly pull off one big old swindle and take over an ancient inaccessible kingdom in the Afghan mountains.This was a labor of love for John Huston. As a kid he read Rudyard Kipling's famous short story and it became his favorite work of fiction. Huston as far back as the <more>
Fifties wanted to film this first with Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart and then later on with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. Try and picture this story done with either of those combinations.Huston even worked Kipling himself into the act with a fine small cameo by Christopher Plummer. Kipling who was a newspaper correspondent covering the British in India, is told this wild tale about what these two did in the forbidden land of Kaffiristan.These are the kind of people Kipling himself knew well from the British army in India which back in the day was its own entity and a great tradition of military glory albeit in an imperialist cause. For American audiences just think of Connery and Caine as a couple of GIs recently finished with their service.I think I understand their characters. What would Connery and Caine be back in civilian life if they returned to the United Kingdom? No one terribly important no doubt. They've spent time in India, learned a lot about the language and customs and want to turn some profit in it, doing something really big. It's a dream we can all identify with, but few of us have the gumption to see it through.Connery and Caine give some of their best screen performances in The Man Who Would Be king. This film became both a critical and box office success for John Huston, his first really big smash hit in a long time. It holds up well today and will for all time to come.
In this classic adventure the Wind and the Lion Taken place in 1905 are after a woman, and if these two can't settle their differences, they whole world may be at stake by a World War! In morocco Raisuli the Magnificent Sean Connery kidnap an American woman and her children. She is hastily taken to the desert and comes face to face with the leader of the bandits that captured her. But this man is different, he is a scholar, and calls himself a servant of God! And all of the hundreds that follow agree. But this woman doesn't follow him, although she is in a life or death situation. <more>
Causing feuds between each other several times.When word of this reaches Pres. Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt Brian Keith he asks only one question to Raisuli, "What kind of rifle do you have?" With this statement he tells the rest of the USA that he means business. No resident of the USA will ever be held against her will as long as he is president! The German, and French tempers are rising in Morocco. Friend ships are formed, blood is spilled, will she ever be back home?
Superb cinematography... Sweeping score... Great acting... (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
'The Man Who Would Be King' takes us back to Queen Victoria's India and the ambitions of two former sergeants in Her Majesty's army to set up their own empire... The story begins as a crippled old beggar gets into Kipling's editorial office at the Northern Star in Lahore late one night and unfolds an incredible story...The pitiful beggar is actually Peachy Carnehan Michael Caine , or rather, what is left of Peachy, now so disfigured and a little insane...Rudyard Kipling Christopher Plummer , after the shock of recognition, recalls their first meeting, when Peachy stole <more>
his watch several years earlier on a crowded train station... He introduces his friend Daniel Dravot Sean Connery to him and explains their plans to conquer the primitive areas of northern India and set themselves up as rulers...Later, the two likable Army buddies tell Kipling something of themselves: "The less said about our professions, the better, for we have been most things in our time. We have been all over India. We know her cities and her jungles, her palaces and her jails." To which Peachy adds: "Therefore we're going away to another place where a man isn't crowded and can come into his own. We're not little men and there's nothing we're afraid of."'The Man Who Would Be King' is an ambitious fable, with superb cinematography, a sweeping score, an Oscar-nominated script and great acting... Caine's wife, Shakira, makes her screen debut, playing a beautiful maiden who turns the head of Connery...
At Last A Film That Deserves Connery And Caine (by Theo Robertson)
It`s not often a 70s flick starring either Sean Connery or Michael Caine can be described as good , never mind great but THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING is a great film . It`s a good old fashioned romp set during Britain`s imperial past without a hint of cynicism , and with lashings of humour : " Corporal get three men and put him under close arrest . The bloody fool`s drunk again " . John Huston keeps a solid hand at the director`s helm and the scenery is breathtaking . And after watching this you`ll be asking yourself why neither Connery or Caine didn`t appear in more movies this good
A rousing colonial adventure which shrouds a very sombre tale of greed and lost dreams. (by Wilbur-10)
This is a first rate historical adventure film, which also succeeds as a grim morality tale with the addition of a clever framing story.Top British stars Sean Connery and Michael Caine team up as a pair of vagabond soldiers in India, who are out to scheme their way to fame and fortune. Their latest plan involves travelling to the remote kingdom of Kafiristan, where legend tells of vast treasures ripe for plundering.This is story-telling on a grand scale, with sweeping outside locations and cinematography. The two principles are perfectly cast, although maybe as a result of this both tend to <more>
go through the motions somewhat. Caine gets away with this just about, but Connery is often found wanting - the frequent reliance on humour in the first half of the film in both their performances adds little. Fortunately help is on hand from Christopher Plummer and Saeed Jaffrey, who take the acting honours in supporting roles.The reliance on action means the script plays a minor role and it's a shame there isn't more interplay between the characters - the storyline is very strong and would have accommodated more scenes with an emphasis on dialogue.These are minor quibbles though, and 'The Man Who Would be King' is still a very good film - potentially it could have been a classic though.Michael Caine's stunning wife Shakira plays Roxanne, the modern incarnation of the wife of Alexander the Great, and makes an impression despite having no dialogue.