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Kim (1951)




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The son of an Irish sergeant, Kim wanders through the streets and hills of Colonial India, disguised as a native boy. Kim's adventures include an episode with a horse trader, a sojourn with a holy lama, and involvement with a plan to rid the Khyber Pass of Czarist Russian agitators.

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Errol Flynn
as Mahbub Ali, the Red Beard
Robert Douglas
as Col. Creighton
Cecil Kellaway
as Hurree Chunder
Arnold Moss
as Lurgan Sahib
Thomas Gomez
as Emissary
Reginald Owen
as Father Victor
Richard Hale
as Hassan Bey
Hayden Rorke
as Maj. Ainsley
Walter Kingsford
as Dr. Bronson
Maria [Movita] Castaneda
as Woman with Baby
Henry Corden
as Conspirator
Peter Mamakos
as Conspirator
Jeanette Nolan
as Foster Mother
Rodd Redwing
as Servant
Stanley Price
as Water Carrier
as Woman With Baby
Edgar Lansbury
as Young Officer
Francis McDonald
as Letter Writer
Mike Tellegen
as Policeman
Olaf Hytten
as Mr. Fairlee
George Khoury
as Little Man
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Critic Reviews for Kim

All Critics (6)

Bombastic, animated and lush, but hardly convincing or genuine in attitude or atmosphere.

Full Review… | July 16, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A street kid lives by wits in colonial India.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Fine later Flynn, pairing him with brilliant child actor Dean Stockwell.

March 6, 2008

Audience Reviews for Kim

This is the work of the devil. An orphaned British boy is raised in India with the strengths and discipline of an Indian boy. He finds plenty of useful ways to make a living while following his master to perfection. However, the British secret service arrives in India hoping to take down a ruthless gangster and the orphan will need to decide to help or stick to his rigid upbringing. "Let me see you match wits with him." Victor Saville, director of The Silver Chalice, Tonight and Every Night, Green Dolphin Street, Dark Journey, The Office Girl, The Iron Duke, and The W Plan, delivers Kim. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and carried by unique and dynamic characters. The acting is very good and the cast includes Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lucas, Thomas Gomez, Reginald Owen, and Cecil Kellaway. "Those who beg in silence starve in silence." I came across this picture on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it since it starred Errol Flynn. This was a well done movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters are worthwhile and entertaining and the film comes together well. I recommend seeing this once. "I killed my first man when I was fifteen years old." Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

75/100. A wonderful adventure film, based on the Rudyard Kipling classic story. Errol Flynn is ideally cast and Dean Stockwell does a fine job as well. Excellent color cinematography, impressive art direction. Overall, the production is great. The pacing is a little uneven, it should have been shorter. But it is a fine film, light, exciting and entertaining.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Kim (1950) -- [6.5] -- This Rudyard Kipling adventure stars young Dean Stockwell in the title role, playing a sneaky street-wise kid who spies for British Intelligence in colonial India. The adventure is a little more episodic than I prefer, bringing Kim into contact with several supporting players, including an older spy named Red Beard (an underutilized Errol Flynn), a curt hypnotist (Arnold Moss), and a holy man (Paul Lukas). The story moves briskly, but could have afforded more character moments and grace notes. Still a solid family matinee sort of flick.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

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