With their guns and training, they think they'll be able to take over pretty easily, manipulate the local high priests, and set themselves up as rulers. Online reviewers have written 508 reviews, giving The Man Who Would Be King 1975 an average rating of 81%. Kipling is seen as a character that was there at the beginning, and at the end of this glorious tale. Overall, cinema-goers and film critics broadly agree on the merits of the movie, with critics giving it an average score of 90% and users giving an average score of 88%. The natives aren't too excited by their new rulers at first, but a lucky Masonic key chain saves the day -- never mind how -- and Connery finds himself worshiped as a deity. With a big budget, he manages to craft an excellent, drama that doesn't mind verging on the comic at points.
The Man Who Would Be King 3. We need movies like this more now than we did years ago, when Hollywood wasn't shy about straightforward action films. It's great that someone still has the gift of making movies like this; even Huston, after thirty years, must have wondered whether he still knew how. This adaptation of the famous short story by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan, two ex-soldiers in India when it was under British rule. With a score of 81%, The Man Who Would Be King is above the average Cinafilm score for movies made in 1975, which stands at 62%. He even gets to like it, and condescends to Caine, who remains a Cockney and unimpressed. Caine and Connery have tremendous camaraderie and their friendship is one of the most believable of all time.
This kind of epic, big budget swashbuckling adventure is distinctly old Hollywood, but also incredibly entertaining. Christopher Plummer, in the role of Kipling is absolutely excellent. As is the case with almost all of those films, I have not read the source material. Indeed, it is Peachy Carnahan, whom Kipling had met when Peachy stole his watch. As Huston realizes here, that is not the case at all. After a series of misunderstandings, the natives come to believe that Dravot is a god, but he and Carnehan can't keep up their deception forever.
The many years, and drafts of the screenplay, definitely show. Maybe it's just as well. Too many epics find that with a big budget, the film must be intense and brooding drama. He approached both Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable for the lead roles, and they accepted. Unfortunately, due to Bogart's death in 1957, the project stalled. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling. To those who have seen it, and those who haven't, I believe you might be able to sympathize with me when I call attention to the incredibly moving nature of the ending.
Those who know Connery only as James Bond will be in for a shock when they see this film. Years earlier, they had the idea to walk to the mystical land of Kafiristan, where no man has been since Alexander. They work together so well, they interact so easily and with such camaraderie, that watching them is a pleasure. After many sidesteps, they reach their destination and kick their plan into action. I am once again bring light on Huston's direction. It would be brought up in conversation now and then, with names like Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas attached. The movie proceeds with impossible coincidences, untold riches, romances and betrayals, and heroic last words and -- best of all -- some genuinely witty scenes between Connery and Caine, and when it's over we haven't learned a single thing worth knowing and there's not even a moral, to speak of, but we've had fun.
It reflects his personality and his own best films; it's open, sweeping, and lusty -- and we walk out feeling exhilarated. He is the lens through which you observe the story. The Man Who Would Be King has generally received very positive reviews. The cinematography is beautiful, although it might feel slightly old school at points, so is the film. . After the obligatory close calls, including an avalanche that somehow saves their lives, they find their lost land and it's just as they expected it would be.
Interest was regained during the making of The Misfits, when Clark Gable expressed his desire to do the film. Advertisement Huston waited a long time to make this film, and its history is a Hollywood legend. It's unabashed and thrilling and fun. I considered putting this film as my number one Huston, but I couldn't bring myself to remove The Dead from that position, so at least for now, this film will have to be content with second place. From my understanding Rudyard Kipling was an actual British writer, who at one point did live in India. This film hits all the right buttons, and then even more. The action epics of the last twenty years seem to have lost their sense of humor; it's as if once the budget goes over five million dollars, directors think they have to be deadly serious.
The singing was an incredibly sad and fitting end to this, one of the greatest epics ever made. They never allow themselves to be used merely as larger-than-life heroes, photographed against vast landscapes. After a great coincidence, he becomes the ruler of the land, and people worship him. He brings a masterful touch to the proceedings, crafting what could even be considered satirical by some. For those who know Caine as an old man, will be surprised to see that in his youth he was an excellent actor. The score, by Maurice Jarre can be too much at points, but is still quite moving, especially in the last scene.
Unfortunately, Dravot begins to think himself an actual god. The film balances drama with comedy, adventure and greed, and does it flawlessly. As I wrap up, I call attention to the last scene of the film. Finally in 1973, during the making of The Mackintosh Man Huston approached Paul Newman about doing the film, with Robert Redford. Carnahan begins to tell the story of his adventures, with fellow rogue Daniel Dravot. Both agreed, and the shooting commenced in Morocco.
Caine, as Peachy Carnahan is charming, dangerous and greedy, while the same can be said for Connery's Daniel Dravot. Huston's movie isn't like that. Huston thought the idea excellent, and immediately contacted the two. After Dravot is hit with an arrow, blocked by an ammunition belt, the local populace think him a god. The film comes together through his direction, and indeed I cannot think of many directors whose range extends as far as Huston. Directed by Starring Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling, this adventure film follows the exploits of Peachy Carnehan Michael Caine and Danny Dravot Sean Connery , English military officers stationed in India. It would be the last large scale epic Huston would ever tackle.