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The Man Who Would Be King [DVD] [2010]

Sean Connery , Michael Caine , John Huston    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 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, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JY3M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,494 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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46 of 52 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Two ex servicemen are lolling around colonial India, it's just the start of a journey that will see them in Kafiristan. Here the mountain dwellers believe the rouge white fellows to be Gods, and thus things are about to get very interesting indeed.

Written by master writer Rudyard Kipling, directed by behemoth John Huston, and starring British legends Sean Connery & Michael Caine, there really isn't any way this film could have failed, sure enough the picture exudes a classy structure that is coupled with deftly smart writing. The Man Who Would Be King was a project that John Huston had coveted for many a year (decade), as far back as the 40s he was looking to adapt the Kipling short with Humphrey Bogart & Clark Gable in the leads, some time after it was mooted that he fancied Peter O'Toole & Richard Burton to play Messrs Dravot & Carnehan. Fast forward to 1975 and the eventual pairing of Caine & Connery now looks like a masterstroke of casting, and it really is impossible to imagine anyone else in the roles of the amoral scavenger duo of the piece, in short, the wait for the film was indeed worth it.

That the film is known as an adventure genre staple is a given, but it should be noted that in amongst its delightful fusion of fantasy and swashbuckling values, lies wonderful characterisation, cheeky sly glances at the power crazy, imperialism, greed, and pulsing a political beat. It's a smashing, highly entertaining picture that stands up really well ever more today in this new millennium age, i mean it's got Caine & Connery playing rapscallions for GODS sake! 8/10
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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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thoroughly enjoyed this film again, even though I ahve seen it many times
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic film so much better than my ancient dvd that was a flipper...
A classic film so much better than my ancient dvd that was a flipper with the film spread to each side of the disc
Published 1 month ago by David Bath
5.0 out of 5 stars WHITE IZZAT
'Are you gods?
Not gods, Englishmen. Which is the next best thing!'

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Published 1 month ago by Frank TALKER
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
One of the best
Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Highly entertaining tale based on a Kipling story, about two British Adventurers who set off to seek their fortune in a remote mountainous region to the north of India. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Speedygee
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