THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING

(1975)
With Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Shakira Caine
Directed by John Huston
Reviewed by JL

    John Huston's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING is both an engrossing study of power as it gradually corrupts, as well as a rollicking adventure yarn that hearkens back to such classics as GUNGA DIN.  One of the great films of the 1970s, from a time when adventures were grand and fraught with peril, rather than bland and laced with explosions.  It was a labor of love for Huston, who wanted to film the Kipling tale as far back as the 1950s with Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart in the leading roles.  Gable and Bogey would have made for a great duo, but I'm glad Huston waited for Connery and Caine, who are perfect in their roles and share a natural and delightful chemistry.  5 - JL

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