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
Stills from The Man Who Would Be King (click for larger image)
In 1880s India, British army officers Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery) and Peachy Carnehan (Michael Caine) spend their time concocting money-making scams. However, when they journey into Kafiristan with the intention of setting themselves up as rulers, they fall foul of the local District Commissioner, and their plan does not quite go according to plan.