Gunga Din
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Though Rudyard Kipling's poem Gunga Din makes a swell recital piece, it cannot be said to have much of a plot. It's simply a crude cockney soldier's tribute to a native Indian water boy who remains at his job even after being mortally wounded. Hardly the sort of material upon which to build 118 minutes' worth of screen time-at least, it wasn't until RKO producer Pandro S. Berman decided to convert Gunga Din into an A-budgeted feature film. Now it became the tale of three eternally brawling British sergeants stationed in colonial India: Cutter (Cary Grant), McChesney (Victor… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Stevens's deliberate pacing serves the comedy remarkably well, although the action scenes are blunted by too-careful compositions and artsy cutting."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the better adventure movies from the 1930s."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A little jingoistic today, the film is nonetheless a critical standard-bearer of historical adventure flicks, and a quite funny one too."
‑ Christopher Null,
"This hugely exciting adventure film was one of director George Stevens' last pure entertainments before he went off to war and came back as a 'serious' filmmaker."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It is mostly tongue-in-cheek."
‑ , Film4
"This is a pretty spiffing adventure yarn, with some classically staged fights, terrific performances."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Classic George Stevens adventure starring Cary Grant, and great cast."
‑ Steve Crum,
"If PC backlash makes such classics like Gunga Din difficult to revisit, so be it. At this point, there's no getting around it."
‑ Jesse Paddock,
"Gunga Din has served as the inspiration for countless adventure yarns over the decades."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The touchstone of grand adventure."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"An entertaining, if antiquated feature made all the better by the three well-appointed leads."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"As breezy as the pipe playing Seaforth Highlanders marching to battle without a care in the world."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The best one could ever say for it is that its hinges were once merely creaky instead of frozen."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Like the poem, the movie is sentimental and corny and totally absurd, and we wouldn't want it any other way. This is grand and exhilarating filmmaking that's hard to resist."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A really good movie. Watch this and 'Temple of Doom' back-to-back and you'll see a striking similarity!"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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