The Man Who Would Be King
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: November 18, 1997
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

John Huston has been wanting to make this movie for more than 20 years. It was worth the wait.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a tall tale, a legend, of steadfastness, courage, camaraderie, gallantry and greed, though not necessarily in that order.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A decent but hardly great adventure escapist film, that's played for broad comedy.

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Variety Staff

A too-broad comedy, mostly due to the poor performance of Michael Caine.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's been a long time since there's been an escapist entertainment quite this unabashed and thrilling and fun.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

It's pure Huston: an impossible quest, an out-of-reach grail and an ironic twist leading to a supremely glorious failure.

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Sean Axmaker

... one of the most rousing adventures of the 1970s.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
Quite possibly the most over-rated film of all-time concerning two con men (Sean Connery, Michael Caine) who pull off the ultimate heist of making a city of… More
xGary Xx
Two likable rogues Michael Caine and Sean Connery hatch a scheme to conquer the untamed wilderness of Kafiristan using their military training to unite its… More
Tim Salmons
The Man Who Would Be King tells the story of two men out to seek their fortunes as they go into a small village and build themselves up as people of importance… More
Bruce Bruce
An outstanding film, Be Prepared to sit a while and enjoy, Filxster write up says its 2hr 9 Min the version I watched was much longer. Sean Connery and Michael… More
Jens S.
Good old fashioned adventure film after a lesser known Rudyard Kipling story. Two British soldiers decide to create an empire on their own by traveling from… More
jay nixon
Disappointing dull