Gunga Din

Film, Action and adventure
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Of course one winces a little at the smug colonialist attitudes, and at the patronising 'You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din' which commemorates the humble native water-bearer's sacrifice after he dies blowing a bugle to save the Raj from falling into an ambush. All the same this is a pretty spiffing adventure yarn, with some classically staged fights, terrific performances, and not too much stiff upper lip as Kipling's soldiers three go about their rowdy, non-commissioned, and sometimes disreputable capers. What, one wonders, did William Faulkner contribute, uncredited, to the bulldozing Hecht/MacArthur script?

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Stevens
Screenwriter: Joel Sayre, FredGuiol, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
Cast: Cary Grant
Victor McLaglen
Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Joan Fontaine
Sam Jaffe
Eduardo Ciannelli
Montagu Love
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