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The Man Who Would Be King

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Profanity:Mild language
Nudity/Sex:Mild references
Alcohol/Drugs:Drinking
Violence/Scariness:Characters in peril, injured and killed, some graphic and disturbing images
Diversity Issues:Reflects the racial and cultural prejudices of the era
Movie Release Date:1975
DVD Release Date:June 6, 2011

Director John Houston’s “The Man Who Would Be King,” released this week for the first time on Blu-Ray, is a magnificent spectacle, based on a story by Rudyard Kipling.  Michael Caine and Sean Connery star as British sergeants and adventurers during the colonialist era of the British Raj.  They travel to Kafiristan (now Afghanistan) and are briefly able to persuade the indigenous people that one of them is a god.  Caine’s real-life wife co-stars in one of those they-don’t-make-them-like-that-anymore adventure sagas.  Indeed, Houston had hoped at one time to film it with Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart.  I would love to have seen it, but I am certain it could not have been any better than this thrilling and touching story.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    Jimmy Buffett’s “Salty Piece of Land” makes frequent references to this movie. So after reading the book I bought the film. It is quite good and very amusing, as well has having multiple layers of meaning. Glad to know it is getting a newer treatment, technologically speaking.

    • Nell Minow

      I had no idea! Thanks, jestrfyl!

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