The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

DVD - 1997
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Danny Dravot and Peachy Carnehan leave 19th century India and set out for the isolated, primitive land of Kafiristan, whose people haven't seen an outsider in hundreds of years. Peachy becomes lord of the kingdom's treasury, a huge chamber spilling over with limitless gold and priceless rare jewels. Danny is first crowned king, then, declared a god.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1997]
Edition: DVD.
Copyright Date: ℗♭1997
ISBN: 9780780663916
0780663918
Branch Call Number: DRAMA MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound color ; 4 3/4 in.

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spursfanop
Feb 03, 2021

Enjoyed this movie as I like Caine & Connery and remember seeing the movie a long time ago.

Good interpretation of Rudyard Kipling's book with Caine & Connery fitting the part as good "bad" guys in Afghanistan when the British Empire "ruled the world". The two rogues are out to make a 'dishonest dollar' by taking advantage of the locals by introducing them the "British Army way" and taking advantage of local lore.

I recommend the vignette at the end where they interview John Huston, Michael Caine & Sean Connery.

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lavasushi
Jan 01, 2021

Excellent! Bravo! Film at its Best! Incredible actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, his wife Shakira Caine and John Huston directing. Tall tales, heartbreaking friendship, adventure, incredible scenery, philosophy, irony, entertainment. What more could you ask for?

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loella
Feb 09, 2019

I reread Kipling's short story before I watched this film of it, and I must say that I found both works disappointing. The story, which I remember quite liking on first reading, made no particular impact the second time around. The movie, which I was watching for the first time, is so much inferior to the story that I couldn't take any more than 45 minutes or so of it. It might as well have been a thoroughly studio-bound production, so devoid is it of atmosphere, character, and natural beauty beyond National-Geographic-photo garishness. The script fills in much not found in the story, none of it any good. The dialogue is boys-magazine-ish, the acting tepid, and the visualization--often a strong point in a John Huston picture--neither as emotion-stirring nor as striking as, say, that of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre or the underestimated Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. In fact, The Man Who Would Be King looks more like a 1930s flick crying out for black-and-white. Dull, dull, dull. --Ray Olson

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DUVIDL
Nov 06, 2018

Been reading Michael Caine`s autobiographies. It makes me wonder what this film would have been like if John Huston had been able to make it in the early sixties with his original choices for Danny and Peachy: Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart (Caine took the role when he discovered it was originally meant for his idol.) I disagree with jimg2000. This MUST be Britspeak (and I had no trouble with it. Of course, I cut my teeth on old Goonies comedies and stuff like "Are You Being Served?") Cheerio, pip-pip, and all that bleedin` nonsense, ya silly Berks! (Get a dictionary of Cockney Rhyming Slang and you`ll discover just how naughty some of that phrasing is, chums!) ENJOY!

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2017

British idioms throughout make subtitles useful if not essential. Professional critics loved it ... who in their right mind dared to slight the story writer, director and actors, all celebrated masters of their trades:
7.9/10 IMDb
96% Rotten Tomatoes
4/4 Roger Ebert

From Wikipedia: The Man Who Would Be King is a 1975 Technicolor film adapted from the Rudyard Kipling novella of the same title. It was adapted and directed by John Huston and starred Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed Jaffrey, and Christopher Plummer as Kipling (giving a name to the novella's anonymous narrator). The film follows two rogue ex-non-commissioned officers of the Indian Army who set off from late 19th-century British India in search of adventure and end up as kings of Kafiristan. (Read the first paragraphs in Kipling's book that was published in 1888.)

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RoyalJellyIII
Apr 19, 2017

One of John Huston's best films- with great performances by Connery and Caine- and a rollicking adventure yarn based on Rudyard Kipling's story.

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patch666
Mar 19, 2017

Classic !!! Connery and Caine are amazing and so funny together

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IV27HUjg
Jun 11, 2015

Always entertaining!

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akirakato
Mar 16, 2015
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lukasevansherman
Nov 05, 2014

A rousing adventure movie based on a short Rudyard Kipling story. Sean Connery and Michael Caine are two roguish ex-soldiers in India who journey to a remote country and set themselves up as kings in order to plunder the country, but Connery, taken for a god, embraces his role. The movie is more satiric than Kipling's story and the mix of humor and adventure would have a huge influence on Indiana Jones and the like. Connery and Caine have such a great rapport, that it's really too bad they didn't work together again. John Huston directs and Christopher Plummer plays Kipling. Great fun.

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2017

They've twigged it, Danny.
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the Order of the Garter.
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you'll catch fire, I warrant.
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You have permission to bugger off!
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Cut and run while the running's good.
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I pronounce a recess in this durbar.
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God's holy trousers!
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jewels in the Tower of London
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It ain't brass, Danny.
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dropped like he was poleaxed!
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...or I'll have their guts for garters!
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Where's your high panjandrum?
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Polish our buttons, stuff ramrods up our jacksies and look bold.
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Have you gone starky?
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Give her a hat with a feather, and no girl in Brighton on bank holiday... could hold a candle to her.

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2017

Oh, no. Indeed, by Jove, no.
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Maybe we're missing a bet.
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That's the bloke Kipling told us about.
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Not too bad for the back of beyond.
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A gold coin worn pretty thin.
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worth a fiver at least.
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All right. Up you get. Off your hunkers. No more grovelling.
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Acting like a green lieutenant... hoping to be mentioned in dispatches!
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One look at your foolish faces...tells me you're going to be crack troops.
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Now, listen to me, you benighted muckers.
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When we're done, you'll be able to slaughter enemies like civilized men!
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Tell His Majesty we've also taken a vow not to dally with females... till all his enemies are vanquished.
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You wouldn't know them from the Gaiety Chorus.
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Englishmans. How they name dogs, take off hats to womans... and march left, right with rifles on their shoulders.
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You just wait one jiffy.
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Bloody cheek. Where's their gratitude?

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2017

McCrimmon got his sporran shot off? Half a crown was in it, right?
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It drops into nothing below, straight as a beggar can spit!
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Blokes twice our size standing guarding the snow, like.
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The country was mountainous... and the mules was most contrary.
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Now, the problem is... how to divide five Afghans from three mules... and have two Englishmen left over.
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he'd sat down on an anthill in his kilt unknowing.
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Last time Danny and me came through the Khyber Pass, we fought our way... yard by bloody yard...
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Morning to you, brother.
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Crikey!
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Our forward continuance is impeded by this fellow, who is begging...
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Don't stand on politeness. If you want to go to bed, we won't steal anything.
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"Want to vanquish your foes?"
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We're going to another place... where a man isn't crowded and can come into his own.

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2017

You should have gone home after your army service.
-To what? A porter's uniform outside a restaurant? Tips for closing cab doors on civilians and their blowzy women? Not for us, after watching Afghans take command... when the officers had copped it!
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Never could understand how pukka chaps like you can go about... wearing aprons and sashes and shaking hands with strangers.
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Filled her with peppers and flogged her to death.
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Yes, and he'll tumble.
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I have an educated taste in whiskey, women, waistcoats and bills of fare.
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They usually have long noses for looking down at you.
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Riding in this ash-cart is like being kicked by a mule every 10 minutes!
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Writer of correspondence for the illiterate general public.

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2017

Peachy, in your opinion... have our lives been misspent?
-Well, that depends on how you look at it. The world's not a better place because of us. No, hardly that. Nobody's gonna weep at our demise. And who'd want them to? And we haven't many good deeds to our credit.
-None. None to brag about.
But how many have been where we've been... and seen what we've seen?
-Bloody few. And that's a fact.
Even now, I wouldn't change places with the viceroy himself... if it meant giving up my memories.
-Me neither.
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Detriments you call us? Detriments? Well I want to remind you it was "detriments" like us that built this bloody Empire *and* the Izzat of the bloody Raj, 'ats on!

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2017

And Peachy come home in about a year... and the mountains they tried to fall on old Peachy... but he was quite safe because Daniel walked before him. And Daniel never let go of Peachy's hand. And Peachy never let go
of Daniel's head.
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Can you forgive me?
-That I can, and that I do, Danny. Free and full and without let or hindrance.
Everything's all right, then.
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And old Danny fell round and round and round and round... like a penny whirligig. Twenty thousand miles! It took him half an hour to fall before he struck the rocks.

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Monolith
Sep 19, 2012

Daniel Dravot/Peachy Carnehan: "God's holy trousers!"

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jimg2000
Aug 05, 2017

Read the first paragraphs in Kipling's book that was published in 1888:

   “Brother to a Prince and fellow to a beggar if he be found worthy.” The Law, as quoted, lays down a fair conduct of life, and one not easy to follow. I have been fellow to a beggar again and again under circumstances which prevented either of us finding out whether the other was worthy. I have still to be brother to a Prince, though I once came near to kinship with what might have been a veritable King and was promised the reversion of a Kingdom—army, law–courts, revenue and policy all complete. But, to–day, I greatly fear that my King is dead, and if I want a crown I must go and hunt it for myself.

The beginning of everything was in a railway train upon the road to Mhow from Ajmir. There had been a deficit in the Budget, which necessitated travelling, not Second–class, which is only half as dear as First–class, but by Intermediate, which is very awful indeed. There are no cushions in the Intermediate class, and the population are either Intermediate, which is Eurasian, or native, which for a long night journey is nasty; or Loafer, which is amusing though intoxicated. Intermediates do not patronize refreshment–rooms. They carry their food in bundles and pots, and buy sweets from the native sweetmeat–sellers, and drink the roadside water. That is why in the hot weather Intermediates are taken out of the carriages dead, and in all weathers are most properly looked down upon. My particular Intermediate happened to be empty till I reached Nasirabad, when a huge gentleman in shirt–sleeves entered, and, following the custom of Intermediates, passed the time of day. He was a wanderer and a vagabond like myself, but with an educated taste for whiskey.

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