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The Man Who Would Be King

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Original title
The Man Who Would Be King
Running time
129 min.
United States United States
John Huston, Gladys Hill (Story: Rudyard Kipling)
Maurice Jarre
Oswald Morris
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Columbia Pictures / Devon/Persky-Bright / Allied Artists
Adventure | 19th Century. Colonialism. Friendship
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Rudyard Kipling Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
The film begins with author Rudyard Kipling (Christopher Plummer) working in his office, his privacy is broken by the arrival of a dishevelled old acquaintance and fellow Freemason, Peachy Carnahan (Michael Caine), Peachy begins to recount the incredible adventures of himself and fellow scoundrel Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery). The film then flashes back to an earlier meeting between Kipling, Peachy and Daniel, Kipling is asked to witness a document testifying to what they have told him of their plans. The two rogue adventurers were British soldiers stationed in India, but were expelled from the country due to their criminal activities. Together they decide to travel to the remote city of Kafiristan in the hills of eastern Afghanistan to set themselves up as rulers.
1975: Academy Awards: 4 Nominations including Best Adapted Screenplay
1975: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Motion Picture Score
1975: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography & Costume Design
1975: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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