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Man Who Would Be King [Blu-ray] [1975] [US Import]

Sean Connery , Michael Caine , John Huston    Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Doghmi Larbi
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: John Huston, Gladys Hill, Rudyard Kipling
  • Producers: John Foreman, William Hill
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NTC7EQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,230 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A grandly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure based on the Rudyard Kipling short story, The Man Who Would Be King is the kind of rousing epic about which people said, even in 1975, "Wow! They don't make 'em like that anymore". When director John Huston first started trying to make the film, with Gable and Bogart, the project was derailed by the latter's death. It was a few decades before Huston was finally able to realise his dream movie--and with an unimprovable cast. Sean Connery and Michael Caine are, respectively, Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan, a pair of lovably roguish British soldiers who set out to make their fortunes by conning the priests of remote Kafiristan into making them kings. It's a rollicking tale, an epic satire of imperialism, and the good-natured repartee shared by Caine and Connery is pure gold. Huston lets the humour emerge naturally from the characters, for whom we wind up caring more deeply than we ever expected. --Jim Emerson

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Joh Huston directed this classic Kipling adventure about British soldiers trying to bamboozle high priests in remote Kafiristan.

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rollicking Old Fashioned Adventure. 21 Jun 2009
After watching Oliver Stone's truly awful film "Alexander the directors cut" where credulity was well and truly stretched with the Irish accents and an overdose of male bonding, I was in dire need of an antidote. I decided to reacquaint myself with John Huston's "The Man who would be King". I was not disappointed. The film has aged very well in the thirty odd years since it was made.

It is based on a story by the very British Rudyard Kipling who had lived and worked in India. It is a simple adventure story in the tradition of "Kim" and "Gunga Din", two other stories he wrote that were set in India during the time of the raj. Both these books were made into films by Hollywood. Huston had wanted to make a film of the book since the fifties and originally wanted Gable and Bogart, then as time wore on it was Lancaster and Douglas then Redford and Newman. Finally sense prevailed when Newman suggested the two very British actors Sean Connery and Michael Caine. A very good choice they are too, playing roles made for them. In stark contrast to "Alexander" their accents fit in seamlessly.

The film follows the fortunes of two rogues, Daniel Dravet played by Connery and Peachey Carnehan played by Caine. These two colourful characters are time served soldiers of the British Raj. Their nefarious activities bring them into contact with Rudyard Kipling, played by Christopher Plummer, and they hatch a daring plan to make a fortune by becoming the first white men since Alexander the Great to enter the kingdom of Kafiristan in the remote Hindu Kush. After an epic journey they reach their destination where Danny after a stroke of fortune is revered as a God. Like Alexander he comes under the spell of an alluring woman called Roxanna played by Michael Caine's very beautiful wife Shakira.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gut-wrenching film 24 Feb 2003
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It's hard to see how this could have been improved upon: great director, great cast (Caine and Connery perfect in the roles of Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot) great photography, great music...Huston, in an almost-forgotten (by film directors) tradition of great story-telling, lets the story and the characters speak for themselves. Carnehan and Dravot may be rogues, but they are loveable rogues who, in spite of their open ambition to seek a fortune by looting a country (remember that this kind of ambition was acceptable in the 19th century) still have their own kind of principles and morality. Chief among these is the idea that one never abandons a friend. In spite of the tragic end to which ambition brings them, both show a kind of nobility and depth of character which shines through in the end. And what an end! I defy anyone who is not emotionally dead to watch the final scene without at least a prickle of a tear behind the eyelids. As for me, I've started sniffling just thinkng about it....
For me, one of the greatest films ever made.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Jan 2005
Last night I subjected myself to Oliver Stone's 'Alexander', but tonight I watched Michael Caine and Sean Connery in the real thing. Thirty years on, and the cinematography blows the modern Hollywood away - watch Daniel and Peachey as they struggle through the Hindu Kush without the aid of computer enhanced graphics, retracing the steps of Alexander the Great - truly this is one of the greatest films of all time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This film has to be in anybody's Top 20. I rank it alongside "Robin and Marian" as one of Connery's best films, and the same is true for Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer and John Huston. It's a good hearted film with a fascinating story about two Victorian British Army bad lads who get themselves mistaken for the heirs to Alexander the Great in an obscure country near India called Khafistan. The ending moved me to tears - never have two villians been so sympathetic. I'm not sure if it would pass muster with the Politically Correct Brigade, but as an illustration of humanity and as one of the best bits of Kipling ever filmed, it's a priceless gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films ever made 3 April 2013
By Rossco
The man who would be king is a tour de force in cinema. An amazing cast, a script adapted from a story by one of history's greatest writers and directed superbly, if you've seen this movie you already know it SHOULD be in your collection, if you've not seen this movie then buy it, it SHOULD be in your collection !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable old fashioned adventure yarn 9 May 2007
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Two ex army rogues Peachey (Michael Caine) and Daniel (Saen Connery) decide to trek over the desert and become king of a remote state.

This very dated story by Rudyard Kipling is extremely well adapted and directed, and includes some lovely desert scenery.

Caine and Connery are outstanding in their roles and make a wonderful pair of rogues, they definitely enjoyed making this film.

A charming nostalgia trip and amusing look at Britain's distant imperial past.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the book 29 Jan 2009
By RobB
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Based on a short story by Kipling, I regard this as Micheal Caine and Sean Connery's best work. The film is expanded from the original work, but doesn't suffer as a result. The acting is convincing, quality of the DVD is good and makes an entertaining evenings viewing.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proper Mint 16 Sep 2003
Proper mint film. In summary Connery, Caine, Huston, and a class story by Kipling = One hell of a quality film. this is one of those films that no collection should be without. nuff said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money, penny
I like my Blu-rays shaken not stirred and not a lot of people know that. Sorted great service.Pukka film too
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man who would be King
Another film to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon.Sean Connery at his 'tough man' best, Putting it on my list for another time
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I brought this DVD for viewing post-Christmas when spirits are a little lower and Television seem to lack vigour and excitement. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A king of a film!
I loved this film ! The rare locations it was shot in really put one in the atmospher of a rugged land and fanatic culture. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Philip Mizzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
It is really a great movie quite intriguing and capturing your attention from the beginning to the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vittorio
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man who would be King
Received in Excellent order and a very good film indeed Sean plays a blinder along with the other members of the cast well worth watching to brighten up the day
Published 5 months ago by Les
4.0 out of 5 stars The man who would be king
Inspired casting putting Sean Connery and Michael Caine together as Danny and Peachy.Rudyard Kipling has gone out of fashion it seems but this film shows what a great writer he... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jb
5.0 out of 5 stars good
good film if you in the masons and even better if your not then you will want to join to find out about it
Published 6 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, well directed and well acted

They rarely make them this way anymore - but they should. Based on the Rudyard Kipling story and packed with spectacle, humour, excitement... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. A. J. Tennant
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Very happy with product and service, the DVD is of very high quality and overall it is a really enjoyable film.
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