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The Man Who Would Be King af John Huston
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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

af John Huston (Instruktør)

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Danny Dravot and Peachy Carnehan leave 19th century India and set out for the isolated, primitive land of Kafiristan, whose people haven't seen an outsider in hundreds of years. Peachy becomes lord of the kingdom's treasury, a huge chamber spilling over with limitless gold and priceless rare jewels. Danny is first crowned king, then, declared a god.… (mere)
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The Man Who Would Be King [1975 film] af John Huston (Director/Screenwriter) (1975)

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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

Sean Connery – Daniel Dravot
Michael Caine – Peachy Carnehan

Christopher Plummer – Rudyard Kipling
Saeed Jaffrey – Billy Fish
Albert Moses – Ghulam
Shakira Caine – Roxanne
Larbi Doghmi – Ootah
Karroom Ben Bouih – Kafu Selim

Screenplay by John Huston and Gladys Hill, based on the short story (1888) by Rudyard Kipling
Directed by John Huston

Colour. 123 min.

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This movie inspires me to postpone my first serious reading of Kipling still further. I’ve been doing that for years anyway. It also confirms my impression that John Huston’s late movies from the 1970s and 1980s are nothing like his classics from the previous three decades. IMDb classifies this massive exercise in boredom as “Adventure, History, War”. Baloney! It’s a comedy, or at least it would have been with a script just a tad less idiotic. “Are you gods? – No, Englishmen, next best thing.” That’s the funniest line of all. The plot? Well, two classic British scoundrels play kings and gods in the godforsaken, not to mention kingforsaken, country of Kafiristan. That’s it. That the king’s crown is heavy indeed and that every man playing god ends up as a deranged megalomaniac are worthy lessons to learn. But not with script on pubescent level! Connery and Caine quite rightly don’t take seriously all rubbish that passes for dialogue, but even they can’t make it funny. There are one or two presumably serious scenes towards the end. The leading stars do take them seriously and the effect, finally, is hilarious. Visually, the movie is beautifully shot on various exotic locations (none in Asia, much less in modern Afghanistan, but never mind). That aside, it’s almost impossible to sit through the whole thing without falling asleep. There is no sense of epic adventure at all. Huston tried to outdo Indiana Jones before he was even born, but he fell far, far short. I absolutely don’t understand how this trash got all those rave reviews. I suppose people mindlessly decide that Huston, Caine, Connery, Plummer and Kipling must add up to something tremendous. What’s in a name, indeed! Nope, it’s not that simple. Names alone are not enough. ( )
  Waldstein | Jan 1, 2020 |
Huston's narrative is both an ironic parable about the motives and methods of imperialism and a series of gags about civilization and barbarism. When savages in war masks are hit by bullets, the image is a sick-joke history of colonialism, and when the vulgarian heroes try to civilize the tribes they conquer, they obviously have not much more than their own military conditioning to draw upon. Danny and Peachy are British primitives who seek to turn the savages into Englishmen by drilling them in discipline and respect for authority. Danny becomes as sanctimonious about that mission as Victoria herself, and is baffled when the natives show ingratitude...

Connerv's Danny has a beatific, innocent joy in his crazy goal even when he's half frozen en route; few actors are as unself-consciously silly as Connery is willing to be—as he enjoys being. Danny's fatuity is sumptuous as he throws himself into his first, half-embarrassed lofty gestures. Connery plays this role without his usual hairpieces, and, undisguised—bare-domed—he seems larger, more free; if baldness ever needed redeeming, he's done it for all time. Came has the Bogart role, which means he's Huston's protagonist; Peachy is the smarter of the two, the wise-guy realist, loyal to Danny even when he's depressed by Danny's childishness. We see through Peaehy's sane, saddened eyes the danger in Danny's believing himself a man of destiny, and Caine manages this with the modesty of a first-rate actor. He stays in character so convincingly that he's able to bring off the difficult last scene, rounding out the story conception, when it becomes apparent that Peachy has "gone native."
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Huston, JohnDirector/Screenwriterprimær forfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Hill, GladysScreenwriterhovedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Caine, MichaelActormedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Connery, SeanActormedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Jaffrey, SaeedActormedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Plummer, ChristopherActormedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
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