The Man Who Would Be King


(out of 5)

Exciting adventure film based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling. and  are terrific as two English soldiers in India who go to the far reaches of the known world to find the small nation of Kafiristan and become its rulers. The people there take them for gods, and soon Connery is being exalted as the mighty ruler of the nation and enjoying all the benefits that this entails. It’s not long, however, before the down side to the situation appears, and it has some pretty heavy results. Directed with a great deal of class by John Huston, this film is a beautifully photographed amusement that has enough weight to make it more than just some Hollywood trifle; the excellent dialogue and character work are up to the standards of Huston’s greatest work from the forties. Caine’s gorgeous wife  appears as the woman who becomes Connery’s wife.


United Kingdom/USA, 1975

Directed by John Huston

Screenplay by John Huston, , based on the story by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (art direction: Alexander Trauner, Tony Inglis; set decoration: Peter James)
Best Costume Design (Edith Head)
Best Film Editing (Russell Lloyd)
Best Writing (Screenplay Adapted From Other Material) (John Huston, Gladys Hill)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Maurice Jarre)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design



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