The Man Who Would Be King [Blu-ray Book]
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Then for years he wanted to bring this adventure story by Kipling to the screen. How many years? Well, originally he had Bogie and Gable in mind for the leads, you do the math.
Fortunately for us, he eventually got the green light for his project.
He then found Peachy and Danny in Michael Caine and Sean Connery, movie stars who are also great actors-- of which there ain't many, folks---and who are perfectly cast in the roles.
Moreover, Caine and Connery had been friends for a long time and this undoubtedly helped bring to life the camaraderie between the misfit heroes.
It is the late 19th century and Danny and Peachy, formerly sergeants in Her Majesty's Army, find themselves stranded and penniless in India. Their ungrateful country has no further use for them, although their officers once called them heroes "We fought our way up the pass yard by bloody yard."
Now, bureocrats are running the show "with long skinny noses for looking down on you" and Danny and Peachy are considered 'undesirables'.
So they are faced with three choices: Go back to England and take jobs as a porters or something equally lower class and menial, stay in India and continue to live more or less as petty criminals, or. . .
Well, let's not give the plot away. Suffice it to say that when a reasonable Kipling (wonderfully played by Christopher Plummer) tries to dissuade them from their insane scheme, on the grounds that the odds against them are truly suicidal, Peachy dismisses his concerns with "Well, if a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
--The Greek in question being Alexander the Great--
And yes, women as well as men will enjoy this great film. It's a not a "buddy movie", it's a classic.
Thank you, John Huston.
But the DVD was dissappointing. The movie is split on two sides, and has to be flipped to view the remainder of the film.The DVD only has Dolby 1.0 Sound (Digital but MONO)and apparently very weak in the mix. Overall a better picture than my old worn VHS, but very weak audio overall.
The menu's and commentary are hard to read, and there were points in the movie where the transfer to DVD looked "jumpy".
More than disappointing presentation overall.
This deserves a "director's cut", or an audio remix to serve those of us who will cherish whatever copy we have, forever.
Rudyard Kipling (Plummer) finds an unexpected guest awaiting his presence in his darkened study one night. Without proper introductions the hooded intruder begins to share with Kipling a fantastic tale of adventure and discovery from a faraway land that many thought only existed in myth and legend. The study of the famous writer soon disappears as we are taken along with the mysterious narrator on a fantastic journey to a foreign land.
We are now introduced to Daniel Dravot (Connery) and Peachy Carnehan (Caine), two ex-British soldiers and Masonic brothers turn fortune hunters. Seeking fame and fortune they are about to undertake the adventure of a lifetime. Their destination, the Far East in search of the legendary lost treasure of Alexander the Great.
And what an adventure it is! As Daniel and Peachy work their way across the vast Indian landscape towards the remote region of Kafiristan they encounter the usual severe natural hardships and hostile inhabitants as you might expect. However it's the discovery of an archaic religious cult that happens to share many of the same symbols and beliefs found in their own Masonic brotherhood that really makes them begin to wonder.Read more ›
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Based on a Rudyard Kipling story, this film presents the adventures of Peachy and Daniel, two former British soldiers, in remote, exotic Kafiristan. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Marylandhbh
Great old movie. From Rudyard Kipling's book and great cast. How could you go wrong?Published 15 days ago by Chewthrutherestraints
Caine, Connery, and Plummer in a wonderful Rudyard Kipling tale of chicanery, bravery, experience, and bravado. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Thom Lopes
I was really disappointed with this purchase. About half way through the movie the footage simply stops. Read morePublished 20 days ago by JT Geddes
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