The Man Who Would Be King

129 minutes 2012

Another John Huston parable about greed, ambition, and the bitter fruits thereof (1975), acted this time by two adventurers (Sean Connery and Michael Caine), late of Her Majesty's Indian Army, who travel to a remote corner of Afghanistan to set themselves up as kings. Huston had been trying to film the Rudyard Kipling story for 25 years (at one point, it was to star Humphrey Bogart). Finally realized, the film has genuine wit, an appealing sense of grandeur, and very little of the overt "philosophizing" that marred much of Huston's previous work. His eye for the strong, clear lines of landscape had never been sharper, and Oswald Morris's photography has a fine sun-saturated brilliance. With Christopher Plummer and Saeed Jaffrey.

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