The Man Who Would Be King

Synopsis: This adaptation of the famous short story by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan, two ex-soldiers in India when it was under British rule. They decide that the country is too small for them, so they head off to Kafiristan in order to become Kings in their own right. Kipling is seen as a character that was there at the beginning, and at the end of this glorious tale.
Genre: Adventure
Director(s): John Huston
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 nominations.
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129 min

I've come back.

Give me a drink, Brother Kipling.

Don't you know me?

No. I don't know you.

Who are you?

What can I do for you?

I told you. Give me a drink.

It was all settled.

Right here, in this office.


Danny and me signed the contract

and you witnessed it.


...stood over there.

I stood there.

And Daniel stood here.



Peachy Taliaferro Carnehan.

Of course.

Keep looking at me. It helps

to keep my soul from flying off.


The same, and not the same,

who sat beside you... a first-class carriage

on the train to Marwar Junction...

...three summers

and a thousand years ago.

Jodhpur, please.


All aboard!

May I?

Riding in this ashcart is like being

kicked by a mule every 10 minutes!

Mr. Clutterbury Das.

Failed entrance examination,

Calcutta University, 1863.

Writer of correspondence

for the illiterate general public.

Shut up!

Thank you, sir.

- Out of the window, Babu!

- Thank you, sir.

Outside, you inky-fingered thief!

- I hope you break your neck!

- Thank you, sir.

- You might have killed him!

- Serves him right if I had!

- We're not making five miles an hour.

- But why?

- I caught him stealing your watch.

- My watch?

I say, it is my watch!


I'm very much obliged to you, Mr...?

Carnehan. Former gunnery sergeant

in Her Majesty's Forces.

Mine's Kipling.

- May I offer you a drink?

- I don't mind if I do.

You've knocked about India a bit,

I take it.

You can say that twice!

On foot, on horseback and on camel.

- You don't look green, either.

- I was born in India.

Great country, or was till bureaucrats

took over and ruined everything.

- I hope you're not one of them!

- No.

I didn't think so.

They usually have long noses

for looking down at you.

And I've yet to have

one of them offer me a drink!

- Glenlivet, 12 years old.

- You've an educated taste.

I have an educated taste in whiskey,

women, waistcoats and bills of fare.

But I've had few chances

to ex ercise it.

Because them that governs

make up laws... stop men like us

from getting anywhere.

Whose loss is it?

England's, of course!

If we were unrestrained, she wouldn't

get 70 millions in revenue... would be 700 millions! Right?

- I quite agree, yes.

- Where are you heading for?

- Jodhpur.

- Will you return on this line?

- In 10 days.

Can you make it eight?

I have a message for a man...

...travelling through Marwar Junction

on the 24th.

He expects to meet

but I have urgent business.

I'm sorry, I can't help you there.

Supposing I was to ask you... a stranger going to the West

to seek for that which was lost.

What would you say then?

I should answer,

where do you come from?

From the East.

I am hoping that you will give

my message on the square...

...for the sake of the widow's son.

- Which lodge do you hail from?

- Travelling Lodge 3276, Fore and Fit.

The Queen's Own Royal Loyal Light

Infantry, Regimental District 329A.

- To whom is the message?

- Daniel Dravot.

- Dravot.

- A big man with long gray sideboards.

A great swell.

You'll find him

in a first-class compartment.

Don't be afraid.

Slip the window down and say,

"Peachy's gone south for the week."

- "Peachy's gone south for the week."

- Yes, and he'll tumble.

Well, I'll be getting off now

before we reach the station.

By the way, Brother Carnehan...

I missed my watch

in the station at Lahore...

...before boarding the train.

How was I to know you were a Mason?

What's this?

God's holy trousers!

Tickets again?

Is your name Dravot, sir?

I'm to say that Peachy

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John Huston

John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an Irish-American film director, screenwriter and actor. Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. citizenship to become an Irish citizen and resident. He returned to reside in the United States where he died. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1961), Fat City (1972) and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, won twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films. Huston was known to direct with the vision of an artist, having studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris in his early years. He continued to explore the visual aspects of his films throughout his career, sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. While most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, making them both more economical and cerebral, with little editing needed. Most of Huston's films were adaptations of important novels, often depicting a "heroic quest," as in Moby Dick, or The Red Badge of Courage. In many films, different groups of people, while struggling toward a common goal, would become doomed, forming "destructive alliances," giving the films a dramatic and visual tension. Many of his films involved themes such as religion, meaning, truth, freedom, psychology, colonialism and war. Huston has been referred to as "a titan", "a rebel", and a "renaissance man" in the Hollywood film industry. Author Ian Freer describes him as "cinema's Ernest Hemingway"—a filmmaker who was "never afraid to tackle tough issues head on." more…

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