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The Man Who Would Be King


Two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as "godlike" rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl.

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Fresh: A must for every 10-year-old boy.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Connery and Caine (both excellent) become classic Huston overreachers, and echoes of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Moby Dick permeate the mythic yarn.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Based on the brilliant book by Rudyard Kipling, The Man Who Would Be King was Huston last great adventure film (Not actual last, just last great) and undoubtedly one of the last great adventure films of an era. It's all jolly good fun, very British but also quite dark, I mean, what an ending!! It inculpates Kipling's style perfectly, and Connery, Plummer but particularly Caine are all brilliant, as is Jaffrey in a smaller role. A classic buddy movie too!

- SirPant, Monday, May 10, 2010

4 stars

An outstanding film, Be Prepared to sit a while and enjoy, Filxster write up says its 2hr 9 Min the version I watched was much longer. Sean Connery and Michael Caone are basically con-men in the British Empire Of India, They travel North where no white man has gone and come back, in there travels Connery is mistaken for the Son of Alexander the great, and Travels to the holy city. Makes for an interesting adventure, Remember this was filmed in 1975, based on that I give this one 4 Stars

- bbcfloridabound, Tuesday, April 6, 2010

2 stars

Disappointing dull

- jjnxn, Friday, August 21, 2009