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TCM 31 Day of Oscar – The Man Who Would be King

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. And I’m going to be focusing on the movies I haven’t seen yet, with maybe just a few rewatch movies.

Here is my 6th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

The Man Who Would be King

The Man Who Would Be King

7 out of 10 Stars

1975 Action/ Adventure film Based on The Man Who Would Be King 1888 novella by Rudyard Kipling.

The 360 Game: First was The Wind and the Lion starring Sean Connery, which he also stared in The Man Who Would be King stars Christopher Plummer, which connects the next movie he was in, Beautiful Mind.

Starring: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Shakira Caine, Christopher Plummer, Jack May, Robert Moses and Saeed Jaffrey.

And the Oscar did not go to… The film was nominated for four Academy Awards… Best Art Direction – Alexander Trauner, Tony Inglis, Peter James. Best Writing – John Huston, Gladys Hill. Best Costume Design – Edith Head. Best Editing – Russell Lloyd.

Short Synopsis: “The film follows two rogue ex-non-commissioned officers of the Indian Army who set off from late 19th-century British India in search of adventure and end up as kings of Kafiristan.” – Wikipedia.

My Thoughts: This was a good adventure tale. Sean Connery was good as always I think as was Michael Cain, though I think I liked Michael’s character more. A good movie to watch once, but it felt a little to drawn out and long at times.


The Play by Play Thoughts

The Man Who Would be King

0:10 Peachy, Christopher Plummer.

0:14 “I have to say that ‘Peachy went South for the week’.” Sean Connery.

0:21 “Kings of Kafiristan” and the contract to become Kings. A crazy contract and selfish too. But if course Sean Connery needs a big gulp of whiskey before signing the contract.

0:50 “We’re not Gods precisely, but we have been sent to protect you.” And to become Kings and loot your treasures.

1:05 Sikander: Sean Connery is a God. The first battle and a deity walks by. Then the battle continues and an arrow hits Danny, but doesn’t harm him. So of course all the natives thinks he’s a God now.

Shakira Cain and Michael Caine

1:17 “Roxanne” “Wasn’t that the woman Alexander married?” It’s also the same actress that’s married to Michael Cain, Shakira Cain.

1:30 Sikander is now their King. And then to look at Alexander the Great’s treasures. And next is off to find Roxanne no doubt. And non of this would have been if not thanks to The Craft of the Freemasons.

1:45 Danny has chosen Roxanne. And told Peachy to “Bugger Off”. And from there I just know, like what Peachy said, Danny’s good luck has run out.

1:52 “God’s Holy trousers.” And it’s the start of the men’s bad luck.

The Man Who Would Be King

2:04 “And old Danny fell.” With a crown on his head too. The fall was a dignified ending, the crowned head as proof was a little gross.


Up next for Sunday’s TCM 31 Days of Oscar challenge is…

The Fortune Cookie starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. And Directed by Billy Wilder.

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