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Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer

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This movie is based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. Danny (Sean Connery) and Peachy (Michael Caine) are two British officers in India who don't appreciate the prospect of going back to England and, after being war heroes, getting some simple mundane job to support themselves. They love adventure, and they've got one planned for themselves – to go to the remote kingdom of Kafiristan and become its kings, no less. Their idea is simple: they will join the first tribal leader they meet and help him to defeat his enemies, which shouldn't be hard with their military experience. They will eventually make this leader the greatest one in the land, and then kick him out and take his place. They sign a contract vowing not to touch women and wine until they achieve their goal, and set off.
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After a long and difficult journey through the snowy mountains they finally reach Kafiristan. The kingdom had been once conquered and ruled by Alexander the Great, who was loved and admired by the locals. When Alexander had left, he had promised to return someday or to send his son to rule the land in his stead. It turns out that the people of Kafiristan are still waiting for him. In fact, they have a religion based on it: they believe Alexander is a god, and their priests are guarding his treasures until the day he returns. When Danny and Peachy come and begin their quest, winning one battle after another, the locals think that Danny is Alexander the Great's awaited son. Danny is at first reluctant to play a god, but Peachy convinces him, he says that it will help them to achieve their goal. Danny is taken to the high priest and eventually crowned the king of Kafiristan, with Alexander the Creat's treasury given over to him.

Here Danny suddenly changes his mind. Instead of taking the treasure and going back, as they had first planned, he wants to stay and rule Kafiristan and make it a great nation. Things go well at first, but then the locals find out that he is a mere mortal, not god. Danny and Peachy flee from the infuriated priests.
The review of this Movie prepared by Laura Southcombe




Based on the Rudyard Kipling novel, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING is a movie co-written and directed by John Huston in 1975. The picture earned four nominations for the Academy Awards.

Two friends travel through India and the Afghanistan mountains, survive the harsh climate and finally arrive in Kafiristan. Sean Connery is believed to be the son of Alexander the Great by the local tribes and is soon worshiped. But the local priests are not so happy with that and are waiting for revenge.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Wilderness adventure    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   getting wild with tribes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt Kind of violence:    -   land battles    -   guns    -   swords Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   decapitated    -   perforation--bullets Is this movie based on a    -   book

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