The Man Who Would Be King

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A robust adventure about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as "godlike" rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.

  1. John Huston

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Rudyard Kipling


  3. Gladys Hill


Top Billed Cast

  1. Sean Connery

    Sean Connery

    Daniel Dravot

  2. Michael Caine

    Michael Caine

    Peachy Carnehan

  3. Christopher Plummer

    Christopher Plummer

    Rudyard Kipling

  4. Saeed Jaffrey

    Saeed Jaffrey

    Billy Fish

  5. DL

    Doghmi Larbi


  6. Jack May

    Jack May

    District Commissioner

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Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 9m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 17, 1975
    PG, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

From the upper echelon of boys own adventures comes - The Man Who Would Be King!

Two ex servicemen are lolling around colonial India, it's just the start of a journey that will see them in Kafiristan. Here the mountain dwellers believe the rouge white fellows to be Gods, and thus things are about to get very interesting indeed.

Written by master writer Rudyard Kipling, directed by behemoth John Huston, and starring British legends Sean Connery & Michael Caine, there really isn't any way this film could have failed, sure enough the picture exudes a classy structure that is coupled with def... read the rest.

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