The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

Language: English
Translation: Bulgarian subtitles
Genre: Adventure, Historical, War
USA, 1975, 129'
based on the short story by Rudyard Kipling
Director: John Huston
Cast: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed Jaffrey, Christopher Plummer, Karroom Ben Bouih, Shakira Caine
Huston first mooted his Kipling adaptation in the 40’s (for Gable and Bogart), but the wait proved more than worthwhile, with the imperialist parody of two conmen’s rise to Kafiristan kingship gaining in resonance from its director’s maturity.

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. Almost too lively to be dubbed a meditation on power.


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