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The Man Who Would Be King


4.3 out of 5 stars 676 customer reviews

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Product description

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

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 (The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen) 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 able to finally realize 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. In today's screen adventures, humor is usually imposed on the material by a writer or director trying to make some kind of cleverly self-aware comment ("Hey, we know it's a movie!"), but that sort of jokiness can create so much ironic distance that it pushes the audience right out of the picture. Huston lets the humor emerge naturally from the characters, for whom we wind up caring more deeply than we ever expected. --Jim Emerson

Special features

  • Featurette "Call it Magic"
  • Eight theatrical trailers

Product details

  • Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Doghmi Larbi
  • Directors: Ed Apfel, John Huston, Lawrence Tetenbaum
  • Writers: John Huston, Gladys Hill, Rudyard Kipling
  • Producers: Ed Apfel, John Foreman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 1997
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 676 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 630469864X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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