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Gunga Din (1939)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 7, 2004

Budget $1,910,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country USA

Studio RKO Pictures

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• Gunga Din
• Aufstand in Sidi Hakim (1951)

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Genre: Adventure, War, Comedy, Epic, Murder, Hostage, Military, Suspense, Escape, Cult Classic

Tagline: Out of the stirring glory of Kipling's seething world of battle they roar--red-blood and gunowder heroes all!...

Plot: George Stevens' classic action-comedy stars Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Victor McLaglen as a trio of carousing British army officers in 1890s colonial India. When the telegraph wires to one of the British outposts are found to have been cut, the three friends, Sergeants Cutter (Grant), Ballantine (Fairbanks), and McChesney ( McLaglen), are sent to investigate. They encounter the Thugges, a cult of religious extremists intent on driving the British from their land, but are able to repel their attack. After the soldiers return to their posts, Ballantine decides to leave the service and marry his girlfriend, Emmy Stebbins (Joan Fontaine). His friends are horrified by this news, and try to concoct a ruse to keep him in the army. While waiting, the mercenary Cutter, led by Gunga Din--their loyal, native water-bearer, goes into the hills in search of gold. They find that the temple of gold is, in fact, the headquarters of the Thugges, who capture Cutter, but allow Din to escape. Stevens makes good use of his slapstick training here, putting a comic twist on the potential cliches of nearly every scene. In doing so, he creates of one of the most sheerly entertaining films every made. The three principals are perfectly cast, and the film boosted Grant to a new level of

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 Directed by
George Stevens
Shane, Giant, A Place in the Sun
 Written by
Rudyard Kipling
The Jungle Book, Captains Courageous, Jungle Book
Ben Hecht
Notorious, His Girl Friday, Kiss of Death
Cary Grant
North by Northwest, Notorious, Arsenic and Old Lace
Victor McLaglen
The Quiet Man, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Ghost Story, Little Caesar, The Prisoner of Zenda
Sam Jaffe
Ben-Hur, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Asphalt Jungle
Eduardo Ciannelli
Foreign Correspondent, Houseboat, Mackenna's Gold
Joan Fontaine
Rebecca, Suspicion, The Women
Montagu Love
The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, The Mark of Zorro
 Music By
Alfred Newman
All About Eve, The Seven Year Itch, Foreign Correspondent

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