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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol, William Faulkner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 7, 2004
Turner Home Entertainment


as Sgt. Cutter

as Sgt. MacChesney

as Sgt. Ballantine

as Gunga Din

as Emmy Stebbins

as Col. Weed

as Higganbotham

as Maj. Mitchell

as Mr. Stebbins

as Girl at Party

as Girl at Party

as Girl at Party

as Lt. Markham

as Telegraph Operator

as Native Merchant

as Thug Chieftain

as Thug Chieftain

as Thug Chieftain

as Scotch Sergeant

as Lancer Captain
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Critic Reviews for Gunga Din

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

Stevens's deliberate pacing serves the comedy remarkably well, although the action scenes are blunted by too-careful compositions and artsy cutting.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is a pretty spiffing adventure yarn, with some classically staged fights, terrific performances.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An entertaining, if antiquated feature made all the better by the three well-appointed leads.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
Cinema Sight

One of the better adventure movies from the 1930s.

Full Review… | February 24, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Classic George Stevens adventure starring Cary Grant, and great cast.

March 8, 2008

As breezy as the pipe playing Seaforth Highlanders marching to battle without a care in the world.

Full Review… | April 1, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Gunga Din


Cary Grant and company ruin a lot of brown peoples' days, 1800s-style. Loosely based on the poem by Rudyard Kipling, follows three british military officers as they party and fight their way through Indian deserts. When they're not getting drunk and beating up each other, the three army pals are taking on the thugee cult, fist-pummeling dozens upon dozens of angry thugs. Gunga Din is a fun movie, and it was apparently a huge inspiration to Steven Spielberg, as it was a source of major inspiration for "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom".

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Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


This movie was better than I expected, and I loved Cary Grant in the movie, it was the ending that I liked best. The movie has some boring scenes, and the story is a bit silly. I wasn't sure what to rate this movie, you'll have to see it for yourself.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Rudyard Kipling's poem is translated to the screen by the pulsatile direction of George Stevens.
The best thing about this classic adventure is the chemistry between the great actors involved in it, they are all charming and funny, a magnificent triumvirate formed by Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Victor McLaglen; with special mention to Sam Jaffe as their humble and valiant waterboy Gunga Din.
Along with 'The man who would be king' this is probably the peak of the "colonial" adventure movies, in both are explored always relevant themes like greed, vital quest and the value of friendship.
Sheer and unadulterated joy.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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