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King Rat (1965)





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James Clavell incorporated a few of his own experiences as a British POW in his novel King Rat. Bryan Forbes' film version stars George Segal as the mastermind of all black market operations in a Japanese prison camp. He is called "King Rat" because of his breeding of rodents to serve as food for his emaciated fellow prisoners; the nickname also alludes to Segal's shifty personality. British officer James Fox helps Segal expand his operation to include trading with the Japanese officers. Though on surface level a thoroughly selfish sort, Segal saves the ailing Fox's life by wangling precious antibiotics from the guards.

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George Segal
as Corporal King
Tom Courtenay
as Lt. Robin Grey
James Fox
as Peter Marlowe
Denholm Elliott
as Lt. G.D. Larkin
William Fawcett
as Steinmetz
Leonard Rossiter
as Maj. McCoy
John Standing
as Capt. Daven
Hamilton Dyce
as Chaplain Drinkwater
John Ronane
as Capt. Hawkins
Geoffrey Bayldon
as Squadron Leader Vexley
Roy Dean
as Peterson
John Mills
as Col. Smedley-Taylor
Gerald Sim
as Col. Jones
Alan Webb
as Col. Brant
John Warburton
as Commandant
James Donald
as Dr. Kennedy
Hedley Mattingly
as Dr. Prodhomme
Reg Lye
as Tinkerbell
John Orchard
as Pvt. Gurble
Arthur Malet
as Blakely
Teru Shimada
as Japanese General
George Pelling
as Maj. Barry
Brian Gaffikin
as Prisoner in hut
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Critic Reviews for King Rat

All Critics (4)

A cynical look at what humanity will do to survive under extreme circumstances.

Full Review… | November 23, 2015
Three Movie Buffs

In this environment, a hustler like King is sure to thrive, just as any resourceful rat would

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for King Rat

Good POW film that doesn't make you forget the Bridge on the River Kwai or any of the other prison films that William Holden pops up in but it nonetheless is interesting to see the story of a survivor and the choices that he makes with his fellow Brits and the Japanese that keep him locked up.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Well shot, acted, and original but the script was rather lacking. Still, I like war films and prison movies so a POW film usually does it for me.

Sean Chick
Sean Chick

Based on the clever novel by James Clavell, the movie misses most of the themes about class, to focus on the scheme by which enlisted POIW's in a Jap concentration camp sell rat meat to the officers.

Katherine Black
Katherine Black

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