Man Who Would Be King

Man Who Would Be King

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Director: John Huston

Cast: John Huston, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer

     
 

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The Man Who Would Be King opens with author Rudyard Kipling (Christopher Plummer) working in his study. His solitude is broken by the arrival of a tattered, half-mad derelict, who is soon revealed to be his old acquaintance Peachy Carnahan (Michael Caine). As Kipling listens in rapt fascination, Peachy relates the incredible adventures of himself and hisSee more details below

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The Man Who Would Be King opens with author Rudyard Kipling (Christopher Plummer) working in his study. His solitude is broken by the arrival of a tattered, half-mad derelict, who is soon revealed to be his old acquaintance Peachy Carnahan (Michael Caine). As Kipling listens in rapt fascination, Peachy relates the incredible adventures of himself and his partner-in-chicanery Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery). Con men Carnahan and Dravot have masterminded all sorts of underhanded money-making schemes, the most elaborate of which takes them to a remote city in the hills of eastern Afghanistan. Here, through methods both foul and fair, Daniel passes himself off as the incarnation of Alexander the Great, the better to lay his hands on the vast riches all around him. Unfortunately, Daniel begins to believe his own lies, and the results are disastrous for both himself and Peachy. Inadvertently exposing Daniel's scheme is his native wife, played by Shakira Caine (Michael Caine's real-life wife).

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Editorial Reviews

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The Man Who Would Be King is writer-director John Huston's enjoyably tongue-in-cheek paean to action-adventure movies of the Douglas Fairbanks variety. For the most part, it's good, old-fashioned fun, but it's also an incisive commentary on English imperialism and the quest for imaginary power. Huston first attempted to make Man in the mid-1950s, with Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart as the leads; over the years, other pairs were considered, including Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, and Robert Redford and Paul Newman. But it's hard to imagine anyone more appropriate than Michael Caine and Sean Connery for the slyly goofy roles. Both actors had previously played archetypically cool British action heroes: Caine as Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File and other films; Connery as James Bond.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
UPC:
0883929151653
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
2:09:00
Sales rank:
2,111

Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage Featurette Call It Magic: The Making of The Man Who Would Be King; John Huston Movies Trailer Gallery; Producton Notes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Daniel Dravot
Michael Caine Peachy Carnehan
Christopher Plummer Rudyard Kipling
Saeed Jaffrey Billy Fish
Shakira Caine Roxanne
Karroum Ben Bouih Kafu Selim
Yvonne Ocampo Dancer
Doghmi Larbi Ootah
Jack May District Commissioner
Albert Moses Ghulam
Mohammed Shamsi Babu
Paul Antrim Mulvaney
John Foreman Actor

Technical Credits
John Huston Director,Screenwriter
John C. Foreman Producer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gladys Hill Screenwriter
Tony Inglis Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Russell Lloyd Editor
Eva Monley Production Manager
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Alexandre Trauner Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Man Who Would Be King
1. The Marketplace [2:09]
2. Credits [1:07]
3. Kipling's Visitor [2:54]
4. A Pocketed Watch [2:39]
5. Man With a Melon [1:40]
6. Brother Masons [3:14]
7. Putting Screw On [5:39]
8. Pair Of Lunatics [6:07]
9. Matinee Show [3:42]
10. Antics To Amuse [2:09]
11. Mule-Wrangling [4:47]
12. Snow Guardians [3:37]
13. Avalanche [3:24]
14. Plunder Plunderers [2:07]
15. Billy Fish, Ootah [7:21]
16. Different Customs [3:29]
17. In Training [4:14]
18. Holy Interruption [2:44]
19. Luck Of The Arrow [3:22]
20. Taking Charge [2:18]
21. Son Of A God [4:13]
Disc #1, Side B -- Man Who Would Be King - Additional Content
1. On The March [2:58]
2. Roxanne [2:09]
3. God Can't Afford [3:46]
4. Marked Man [5:54]
5. The Investiture [2:29]
6. Treasure Alex Son [4:39]
7. Seat Of Justice [4:03]
8. Danny's Destiny [5:12]
9. Shadow Of His Hand [2:25]
10. Roxanne Arrives [4:17]
11. Royal Choice [2:30]
12. The Jig Is Up [6:52]
13. Fall Of A King [3:42]
14. Never Let Go [2:50]
15. End Credits [2:04]

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