Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
United Kingdom/USA, 1975. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Devon/Persky-Bright. Screenplay by John Huston, Gladys Hill, based on the story by Rudyard Kipling. Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Produced by John Foreman. Music by Maurice Jarre. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by Russell Lloyd. Academy Awards 1975. Golden Globe Awards 1975.
Exciting adventure film based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling. Sean Connery and Michael Caine 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 Shakira Caine appears as the woman who becomes Connery’s wife.