The Man Who Would Be King

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Huston first mooted his Kipling adaptation in the '40s (for Gable and Bogart), but the wait proved more than worthwhile, with the imperialist parody of two conmen's rise to Kafiristan kingship gaining in resonance from its director's maturity. 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. Almost too lively to be dubbed a meditation on power.


Release details

129 mins

Cast and crew

John Huston
Gladys Hill, John Huston
Shakira Caine
Christopher Plummer
Sean Connery
Jack May
Michael Caine
Saeed Jaffrey
Karroum Ben Bouih