Gunga Din

Synopsis: Based loosely on the poem by Rudyard Kipling, this takes place in British India during the Thuggee uprising. Three fun loving sergeants are doing fine until one of them wants to get married and leave the service. The other two trick him into a final mission where they end up confronting the entire cult by themselves as the British Army is entering a trap. This is of the "War is fun" school of movie making. It has the flavour of watching Notre Dame play an inferior high school team.
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, War
Director(s): George Stevens
Production: Turner Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

Gunga Din, bring water!

Bring water!

Whoever's been playing tricks

with this village is blinking clever.

I couldn't find a trail

or a single footprint leading in or out.

So the village isn't quite deserted, eh?

- Salaam, sahib.

- Who are you? What are you doing?

My name is Pandu Lal.

I'm a miserable seller of trinkets.

Last night a band of dacoits

raided this village, looted my shop...

and stole off with my poor wife

and six children.

The children are looking bonny.

Come on, everybody, in the other room.

Go on, get up. On the double.

Get in there. You heard me!

Quick! That's right. Go on.

That's better.

- What's that?

- Trinkets, sahib.

Only what I could save

from my pitiful stock.

- Worth hardly a few annas.

- Go on, open them up.

Who are these playful subjects here?

I don't know, but young Toad Face there

seems to be leader.

Get them all out of here.

Come on, get out of here. On your feet.

Hold them there.

Naik, detail eight men for escort duty.

Bring them here on the double.

Listen, you.

What became of Burgess sahib?

- Come on, spit it out.

- He can speak, but he won't.

- He doesn't know.

- Here.

You never saw one of these things before,

did you?

It's for growing daisies, isn't it?

- Or for planting lilies for people's graves.

- No, sahib.

What became of these people here?

- He doesn't know.

- That's good.

We'll take them back with us and let

the Colonel put them through the mangle.

No. Will not go with the white sahib.

You will never leave here.

Already your graves are dug.

By nightfall, Ma Kali will be smiling.

Never mind the second chorus. Come on.

Party, form a square!

Under cover, everybody! Get in there!

Take cover in the courtyard.

Close the gates.

Climb the wall, everybody!

Come on, men, on the roof!

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Joel Sayre

Joel Sayre (December 13, 1900 – September 9, 1979) was an American novelist, war reporter, and screenwriter born in Marion, Indiana. He was the chief screenwriter for the 1939 film Gunga Din. He died on the September 9, 1979 of heart failure. His daughter was the film critic and essayist, Nora Sayre. more…

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