The Man Who Would Be King
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A late-career masterpiece from legendary director/adventurer Huston and adapted from a Rudyard Kipling story, it stars Sir Sean and Michael Caine as a pair of opportunistic Victorian chappies scheming to take over a remote middle-eastern kingdom, with Saeed Jaffrey and Christopher Plummer rounding out a star-studded cast. EIFF's long-serving patron has often named John Huston's rip-roaring adventure classic among his own personal favourites. We're therefore especially delighted to present this much-beloved film with the generous support of Park Circus. 35 years on, we've become… 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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