Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot have resigned from the British army and taken on careers as soldiers of fortune. Their plan? To travel to the dangerous region of Kafiristan, establish themselves as kings of the land and make a fortune. Journalist Rudyard Kipling finds the idea incredibly foolish and advises the men against visiting Kafiristan, but nothing will deter Peachy and Daniel from their goal.
Remarkably, the two men are able to survive the journey to Kafiristan. Astonishingly, they are able to establish themselves as kings. Bewilderingly, the villagers soon begin to believe that Daniel is a god walking the earth in human form. Amusingly, Daniel slowly begins to accept the idea. And that’s what things get complicated. —DVDverdict.com
Adventure in many forms is the theme of many of John Huston’s films. His characters are constantly searching for “the stuff that dreams are made of” (the famous closing-line of his debut film The Maltese Falcon). Huston glorified this chase despite its frequent disillusionment and false promise, since it represented a flight from the complacent virtues of ordinary life. Like Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Conrad, Huston regarded civilization as a false surface which thinly veiled a hostile nature. Only those who lived at the edge, on the margins of society were regarded by Huston as fellow travellers. In films as diverse as The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle and Under the Volcano, Huston celebrated men who circled the abyss; characters who are driven to plunge head first into the void.
The son of the great theatre and film actor Walter Huston (who would win an Oscar under his son’s direction for his role in The Treasure of Sierra Madre) and crime journalist Rhea Gore… read more
Through its lush, authentic location shooting, brilliantly evokes an engrossing exotic - almost otherworldly - atmosphere. Sean Connery and Michael Caine are in top form as they balance the line between robust humor and tension, as is Maurice Jarre with his transporting score. Another adventure classic from director John Huston.
In my humble opinion, John Huston's last masterpiece. The Hustonian theme par excellence, disenchantment and tragic death after wild dreams of happiness, is masterfully handled here. The recreation of India, Afghanistan and Kafiristan must also be praised. One of the last great adventure movies.
Title: The Man Who Would Be King
Country: UK, USA
Genre: Adventure, Action
Director: John Huston
Rudyard… read review
Legendary American filmmaker John Huston (“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and “Prizzi’s Honor,”) heads to Morocco to bring his long mooted adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling short story of the same… read review