Monday, November 10, 2008

Movies You Haven't Seen But Should: The Man Who Would Be King


The Man Who Would Be King is a 1975 film adapted from the Rudyard Kipling story of the same title. It was adapted and directed by John Huston and starred Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot, Michael Caine as Peachey Carnehan, Saeed Jaffrey as Billy Fish, and Christopher Plummer as Kipling (giving a name to the story's anonymous narrator).

The Kipling story tells the tale of two time-served, NCO, rogue ex-soldiers of the British Raj who set off from 19th century British India in search of adventure, and end up as kings of Kafiristan. The story is believed to have been inspired by the travels of American adventurer Josiah Harlan during the period of the Great Game between Imperial Russia and the British Empire.

[The Man Who Would Be King on the IMDB]


Herotod said...

Maybe Kipling thought of Harlan, but I think there were drifting a lot of adventurers through India at this time.

M.Christian said...

Yep! It was a time of a lot of adventure -- and adventurers!