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on 5 December 2015
All three films are among my favorites
In particular one eyed jacks, and the first great train robbery.
Brilliant script and acting.
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on 14 November 2015
Great item
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Director John Huston originally was going to make this with Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable in the leads. Thank God that project never gelled. Caine, Connery, and Plummer were born for their roles. This should be required viewing by any whose country is debating whether to enter another land as friend or foe. Based on a story by Kipling, whose time in the British Empire's India provided many an insight to man's folly.
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on 2 October 2014
Quick and as described
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on 26 October 2014
Dvd is excellent
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Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, John Houston....four of the biggest talents of our lifetime that came together to give you very special film. One so emotionally moving and involving I have a very hard time watching it, but then I likely hold the Guinness records on repeat views for Braveheart...so I tell myself I won't watch it again, but end up doing it.
Based on a Rudyard Kipling story, it is full of exotic locates, adventure, and such warm humour, under the master John Houston's direction. Houston had this in mind originally for Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart (not to knock them, but total miscasting), then later was going to do it with Butch and Sundance (Paul Newman and Robert Redford in typically Hollywood style of going for names rather than perfect actors for the roles). Fortunately, Newman had the insight to pass on it and suggested going with the pairing that was absolute perfect as Danny and Peachy.
Caine had showed as Bromhead in Zulu, that he had the proper mien for a man in a red coat and pith helmet, and we know Connery can do anything given the crack. Since both are personal friends off screen, their on screen charisma comes is amplified by the fact the two men who actually like each other, giving good foundation in which to bring Danny and Peachy alive.
Danny and Peachy decide they have had enough with soldering for the British Empire and think it a marvellous idea to go forth into the world and find a forgotten corner and create their own,
and the most forgotten place they can find on the map is Kafiristan. There they plan to become rich as kings. It is a super adventure getting there, but after the reach the small country, the lark turns into something more, with Danny taking being King Quite serious.
Look for a cameo of Mrs. Caine playing the woman to wed Connery.
It just does not get any better than this, with fine fine acting, writing and directing. Just have a hankie near for the ending.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 August 2014
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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on 22 November 2006
Everything in this film is worthy of praise: the superb acting chemistry between Caine and Connery, the breathtaking photography, the direction and of course, the foundation of the film which is Kipling's wonderful story.

This film has adventure, esoteric leanings and healthy doses of historical reflexion in it. As in the original story, Caine and Connery play two charming rogues who wish to become kings of Kazhiristan in the shadow of the British Empire, but their greed and a woman deter them from achieving their purposes.

One of the best action and adventure films of all times. Seriously recommended.
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The Man Who Would Be King, 1975. This hugely entertaining, old-fashioned men’s adventure flick is based on the 19th century Anglo-Indian Rudyard Kipling’s short story, The Man Who Would Be King. Upon its 1975 release, people said, even then, “They don't make 'em like that anymore." Of course not. When the legendary director John Huston first started trying to make the film with the legendary Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart, Bogart unfortunately died on him. It then took a few more decades before Huston was finally able to make the film, with his dream cast, Sean Connery and Michael Caine as Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan. Pair of lovable rogue British soldiers who set out to make their fortunes by conning the priests of remote Kafiristan into making them kings. Connery and Caine – chins out, shoulders squared, with a sly wink, star in this rollicking tale, an epically-scaled satire of imperialism; packed with spectacle, humor, excitement, bold twists of fate. The good-natured repartee of Caine and Connery is perfect. The Maurice Jarre score – what a talented composer he was-- is grandly evocative, makes superb use of the song “The Minstrel Boy.” And of course, we end up loving these men more than we would have thought possible.

And, though I have long considered myself a feminist, I love this movie too, as did my Dad. Who could fail to be moved by the performances of Connery and Caine. Not to mention that of Shakira Caine, Michael’s wife, as Roxanne, the village beauty Connery wishes to wed. A note here to the fools in Hollywood who insist on remaking movies people love, principally for the actors’ outstanding performances, with artistic midgets who can’t begin to fill their predecessors’ shoes. Please leave this one alone. There are no new Connerys or Caines available. As there are no new Patrick Swayzes, Walter Varicks, Frank Sinatras or young Harrison Fords.

The film is here presented in a wide-screen letterbox format; it has been enhanced for wide-screen TVs. While I am on this business of film kind of chat, I bought this DVD to replace a longtime held VHS tape of the movie. But man, it is one weird set up. When it was done, I checked to see by whom it was made, Warners. When it almost seemed like it must have been made in Outer Mongolia or somewhere similar. The viewer must turn over the DVD for the film’s second half, And only at its end did the film offer subtitles. Which in my VHS days I didn’t need, but sure need now that am getting old, for the picture’s crisp entertaining British dialog. There are also bonuses: vintage featurette “Call it Magic: The Making of the Man Who Would Be King,” John Huston movies trailer gallery, production notes. Great great movie, but you might want to buy it in a more conventional format.
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on 17 May 2015
nice product, timely delivery, seamless trade, thank you
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