Archive of films The Man Who Would Be King / The Man Who Would Be King

1975, 129 min

Section: Tribute to John Huston (1906-1987)
Year: 2006

Huston’s lifelong project about a couple of British ex-soldiers (Michael Caine and Sean Connery) who set out for a far-flung Asian province with the aim of exploiting discord among hostile tribes and ruling the land themselves. A grandiose spectacle of adventurism as well as a parody of British colonialism.


Kafiristan lies in the far-flung, north-western corner of Afghanistan. Two former British soldiers, Danny and Peachy, set out for the mountainous province where no one has set foot since Alexander the Great to take advantage of the warriors of the backward tribes and conquer the country. The genius of this film, John Huston’s lifelong project, lies in the fascinating combination of a grand spectacle of adventurism and the author’s personal confessions. The message of this “buddy movie” about the brief odyssey of a pair of charming scoundrels is that playing God might not pay off, but it’s a lot more exciting than a life of mediocrity out of harm’s way. Huston’s model for the film was his favourite story by Rudyard Kipling, to which he added a sardonic edge with the help of his collaborator of many years, screenwriter Gladys Hill. Creditable performances by Michael Caine and Sean Connery in the lead roles create, among other things, an exceptionally witty parody of British colonial imperialism.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to John Huston (1906-1987)
Director: John Huston
Screenplay: John Huston, Gladys Hill podle povídky Rudyarda Kiplinga / from the story by Rudyard Kipling
Dir. of Photography: Oswald Morris
Music: Maurice Jarre
Editor: Russell Lloyd
Producer: John Foreman, James Arnett
Production: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Shakira Caine
Contact: Carlotta Films, Hollywood Classics
Distributor: Bontonfilm, a.s.

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