The Man Who Would Be King
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The Man Who Would Be King opens with author Rudyard Kipling (Christopher Plummer) working in his study. His solitude is broken by the arrival of a tattered, half-mad derelict, who is soon revealed to be his old acquaintance Peachy Carnahan (Michael Caine). As Kipling listens in rapt fascination, Peachy relates the incredible adventures of himself and his partner-in-chicanery Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery). Con men Carnahan and Dravot have masterminded all sorts of underhanded money-making schemes, the most elaborate of which takes them to a remote city in the hills of eastern Afghanistan. Here,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"John Huston has been wanting to make this movie for more than 20 years. It was worth the wait."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"It's a tall tale, a legend, of steadfastness, courage, camaraderie, gallantry and greed, though not necessarily in that order."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"... one of the most rousing adventures of the 1970s."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"A delightful and memorable film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A must for every 10-year-old boy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A too-broad comedy, mostly due to the poor performance of Michael Caine."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's been a long time since there's been an escapist entertainment quite this unabashed and thrilling and fun."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Kipling's exhilarating and disconcerting tale of high adventure... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film is supposed to be fun -- despite its ending -- and even that is an interesting departure from the über-serious tone of most epics of the time."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"They don't make adventure movies like this anymore. Connery and Caine have rarely been better."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Connery and Caine (both excellent) become classic Huston overreachers, and echoes of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Moby Dick permeate the mythic yarn."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's a mystery why John Hustorn's exciting version of Kipling's classic adventure, terrifically acted by Sean Connery and Michael Caine, was such a commercial flop."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...humor, romance, danger, pageantry, Freemasonry, and much derring-do...a good rousing adventure tale."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Top notch Kipling tale with Huston at helm supported by great Connery and Caine performances."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"A robust and rousing screen version of one of the greatest adventure stories ever written"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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