Tribute to Michael Caine

The Man Who Would Be King

John Huston
GBR, USA 1975
129 min

John Huston’s THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING is swashbuckling adventure, pure and simple, from the hand of a master. It’s unabashed and thrilling and fun. The movie invites comparison with the great action films like MuTIny On The BOunTy, and with huston’s own classic THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRE MADRE: We get strong characterizations, we get excitement, we even get to laugh every once in a while. Sean Connery and Michael Caine play former British soldiers who vow to march off into afghanistan or somewhere and find a kingdom not yet touched by civilization. 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. Huston waited a long time to make this film, and its history is a Hollywood-legend. He originally cast Bogart and gable, but then Bogart died, and the project was shelved until 1975. Maybe it’s just as well. We need movies like this more now than we did years ago, when Hollywood wasn’t shy about straightforward action films. and Huston’s eventual casting of Michael Caine and Sean Connery is exactly right. (Roger Ebert, 1975)

  • Sean Connery - Daniel Dravot
  • Michael Caine - Peachy Carnehan
  • Christopher Plummer - Rudyard Kipling
  • Saeed Jaffrey - Billy Fish
  • Doghmi Larbi - Ootah
  • Shakira Caine - Roxanna
  • Jack May - Distrikt-Kommandeur
  • John Huston
  • Gladys Hill nach einer Kurzgeschichte von Rudyard Kipling
  • Oswald Morris
  • Basil Fenton Smith
  • Gordon K. McCallum
  • Russell Lloyd
  • Maurice Jarre
  • Alexandre Trauner
  • Edith Head
Columbia Pictures, Devon/Persky-Bright, Royal Service
Park Circus
35 mm
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