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The Man Who Would Be King
The Man Who Would Be King
Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Don Morrow, John Foreman, John Huston
Directors: John Huston, Ed Apfel, Lawrence Tetenbaum
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
PG     1997     2hr 9min

Two soldiers of fortune leave 19th century India for the primitive land of Kafiristan where they plan to become kings. Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure Rating: PG Release Date: 18-NOV-1997 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Don Morrow, John Foreman, John Huston
Directors: John Huston, Ed Apfel, Lawrence Tetenbaum
Creators: John Foreman, John Huston, Ed Apfel, Gladys Hill, Rudyard Kipling
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Sean Connery, Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/19/1997
Original Release Date: 12/17/1975
Theatrical Release Date: 12/17/1975
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 2hr 9min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 19
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ
Reviewed on 2/8/2010...
Sean Connery and Michael Caine really work well together in this great action/adventure/comedy/drama from director John Huston ("Treasure of the Sierra Madre"). This is nothing short than cinema magic. Connery and Caine give brilliantly hammy performances as two retired British soldiers who set out on a maniacal journey to Kafiristan to engage a maniacal plot: to conquer and rule the country as their own. When Connery ambushes the rivals there, he is shot with an arrow, never penetrating him, but rather a leather strap on his person...which the natives then believe that he is immortal, a God. Caine's character find this even more of a perfect solution to their plans, and the two play off that Connery is indeed a deity and instantly rule the land to their like. However, Connery gets caught up in the role and their plans quickly fall short.

Christopher Plummer has a supporting role playing Rudyard Kipling, the author of the story. Great entertainment, a solid adventure film that needs to seen.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Gretchen D. (Gretchendz) from ADA, MI
Reviewed on 12/5/2008...
I have loved this film for years! Connery & Caine are magnificent together.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

John Huston is the real King !
the wizard of uz | Studio City, CA United States | 03/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"He began with 'The Maltese Falcon' which one must admit is not too bad for a first film, don't you think? Then for years he wanted to bring this adventure story by Kipling to the screen. How many years? Well, originally he had Bogie and Gable in mind for the leads, you do the math.Fortunately for us, he eventually got the green light for his project. He then found Peachy and Danny in Michael Caine and Sean Connery, movie stars who are also great actors-- of which there ain't many, folks---and who are perfectly cast in the roles. Moreover, Caine and Connery had been friends for a long time and this undoubtedly helped bring to life the camaraderie between the misfit heroes.It is the late 19th century and Danny and Peachy, formerly sergeants in Her Majesty's Army, find themselves stranded and penniless in India. Their ungrateful country has no further use for them, although their officers once called them heroes "We fought our way up the pass yard by bloody yard." Now, bureocrats are running the show "with long skinny noses for looking down on you" and Danny and Peachy are considered 'undesirables'.So they are faced with three choices: Go back to England and take jobs as a porters or something equally lower class and menial, stay in India and continue to live more or less as petty criminals, or. . .Well, let's not give the plot away. Suffice it to say that when a reasonable Kipling (wonderfully played by Christopher Plummer) tries to dissuade them from their insane scheme, on the grounds that the odds against them are truly suicidal, Peachy dismisses his concerns with "Well, if a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"--The Greek in question being Alexander the Great--And yes, women as well as men will enjoy this great film. It's a not a "buddy movie", it's a classic.Thank you, John Huston."
Great great film, so so DVD - with one startling omission
the wizard of uz | 10/31/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is, of course, a great film, with every aspect of what makes a great film fully exploited. But I did discover something strange on the DVD - there is an entire scene missing. After Sean Connery falls from the bridge, instead of the process shot that shows him falling in slow-motion and the crown falling from his head (which is in every version of the film I've ever seen) the scene dissolves to Christopher Plummer listening to the final words of Michael Caine's narration. What happened to the scene?? Why would it have been removed?? My only other quibble about the DVD is that the sound is not very full. It is an early release DVD so in subsequent releases they might address that issue, but PUT BACK THE MISSING SCENE!"
Masonic Mysteries In The Exotic East ~ In The Footsteps of
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 09/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film has met all the prerequistes necessary for producing a profound and rewarding entertainment experience. One of the greatest directors of all-time (John Huston), an all-star cast: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer and Saeed jaffrey, and an incredibly original storyline incorporating ancient Masonic mysteries, exotic locations and crisp, witty dialogue. This is a story I wish I had written! Even more delightful, it meets all expectations!

Rudyard Kipling (Plummer) finds an unexpected guest awaiting his presence in his darkened study one night. Without proper introductions the hooded intruder begins to share with Kipling a fantastic tale of adventure and discovery from a faraway land that many thought only existed in myth and legend. The study of the famous writer soon disappears as we are taken along with the mysterious narrator on a fantastic journey to a foreign land.

We are now introduced to Daniel Dravot (Connery) and Peachy Carnehan (Caine), two ex-British soldiers and Masonic brothers turn fortune hunters. Seeking fame and fortune they are about to undertake the adventure of a lifetime. Their destination, the Far East in search of the legendary lost treasure of Alexander the Great.

And what an adventure it is! As Daniel and Peachy work their way across the vast Indian landscape towards the remote region of Kafiristan they encounter the usual severe natural hardships and hostile inhabitants as you might expect. However it's the discovery of an archaic religious cult that happens to share many of the same symbols and beliefs found in their own Masonic brotherhood that really makes them begin to wonder. As they unravel the secret origin of this esoteric connection they are faced with the truth behind a two thousand year old secret concerning Alexander the Great and his mythical lost treasure.

Great film from '75. It may seem a little dated to young viewers, but give it a chance and you won't regret it! Great supporting performance from Saeed Jaffrey ( one of the greatest character actors of all time) the who plays their native guide Billy Fish, along with a brief and rare appearance by the lovely Shakira Caine as Roxanne."