The Man Who Would Be King (film)

The Man Who Would Be King
The Man Who Would Be King.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Tom Jung
Directed byJohn Huston
Written byJohn Huston
Gladys Hill
Based onThe Man Who Would Be King
1888 novella
by Rudyard Kipling
Produced byJohn Foreman
Starring
CinematographyOswald Morris
Edited byRussell Lloyd
Music byMaurice Jarre
Distributed by
Release date
  • 19 December 1975 (1975-12-19)
Running time
129 minutes
CountriesUnited States
United Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Budget$8 million[1]
Box office$11 million[2]

The Man Who Would Be King is a 1975 Technicolor adventure film adapted from the 1888 Rudyard Kipling novella of the same name. It was adapted and directed by John Huston and starred Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed Jaffrey, and Christopher Plummer as Kipling (giving a name to the novella's anonymous narrator). The film follows two rogue ex-soldiers, former non-commissioned officers in the British Army, who set off from late 19th-century British India in search of adventure and end up in faraway Kafiristan, where one is taken for a god and made their king.


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