Gunga Din (1939)
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Though Rudyard Kipling's poem Gunga Din makes a swell recital piece, it cannot be said to have much of a plot. It's simply a crude cockney soldier's tribute to a native Indian water boy who remains at his job even after being mortally wounded. Hardly the sort of material upon which to build 118 minutes' worth of screen time-at least, it wasn't until RKO producer Pandro S. Berman decided to convert Gunga Din into an A-budgeted feature film. Now it became the tale of three eternally brawling
Feb 17, 1939 Wide
Dec 7, 2004
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Stevens's deliberate pacing serves the comedy remarkably well, although the action scenes are blunted by too-careful compositions and artsy cutting.
This is a pretty spiffing adventure yarn, with some classically staged fights, terrific performances.
An entertaining, if antiquated feature made all the better by the three well-appointed leads.
Classic George Stevens adventure starring Cary Grant, and great cast.
As breezy as the pipe playing Seaforth Highlanders marching to battle without a care in the world.
A little jingoistic today, the film is nonetheless a critical standard-bearer of historical adventure flicks, and a quite funny one too.
If PC backlash makes such classics like Gunga Din difficult to revisit, so be it. At this point, there's no getting around it.
The best one could ever say for it is that its hinges were once merely creaky instead of frozen.
This hugely exciting adventure film was one of director George Stevens' last pure entertainments before he went off to war and came back as a 'serious' filmmaker.
Gunga Din has served as the inspiration for countless adventure yarns over the decades.
Like the poem, the movie is sentimental and corny and totally absurd, and we wouldn't want it any other way. This is grand and exhilarating filmmaking that's hard to resist.
The touchstone of grand adventure.
A really good movie. Watch this and 'Temple of Doom' back-to-back and you'll see a striking similarity!
Classic action adventure--maybe the best ever.
Gunga Din has a bit of everything -- humor, suspense, spectacle, action and a heavy dose of racism, imperialism and xenophobia.
Audience Reviews for Gunga Din
- Guru: I want to find out about your Army.
- Archibald Cutter: Why don't you enlist, mate!
- Archibald Cutter: You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
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