The Man Who Would Be King 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 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 [show more]

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17 May 2010
Columbia Tri-Star Home Video 
123 minutes 
Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander.     Interactive menu     Scene access Actors    Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Shakira Caine, Doghmi Larbi, Jack May, Karroom Ben Bouih, Mohammad Shamsi, Albert Moses, Paul Antrim, Graham Acres, The Blue Dancers of Goulamine, Nadia Atbib & Yvonne Ocampo Director    John Huston Certificate    PG Year    1975 Screen    Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Languages    English - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono Additional Languages    French ; Spanish ; German ; Italian Subtitles    English for the hearing impaired ; Arabic ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Hindi ; Hungarian ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portugese ; Spanish ; Swedish Closed Captions    Yes Duration    2 hours and 4 minutes (approx) Region    Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.  

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.

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