GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: The Man Who Would Be King

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for John Huston’s stirring ‘70s Rudyard Kipling epic. Greg sez: “The Man Who Would be King plays like a smashing old-time movie, as Huston originally wanted to make it in the ‘40s with Gable and Bogart. Sean Connery and Michael Caine radiate crackling chemistry, as they fight the elements, ravines, avalanches, the natives, fate, plus their own greed and egos. This adventure buddy movie is about love: the boys’ love for each other, the love of glory, and our love for them — even though we know they’re shady, nefarious scoundrels. Connery is the sexiest and most charismatic of actors, with an unlimited capacity for accepting adoration that sets just the right tone in the role of the king-ish Danny. Caine is skill itself as the canny, crafty cockney Peachy trying to work a sticky situation into a fortune, if they can survive the very wrath of the gods to bring back the treasure hidden by Alexander the Great. Butch Cassidy in the Hindu Kush. Thelma and Louise on a mule with Martini rifles. Good, old-fashioned movie racism and high adventure.”
Dir. John Huston, 1975, 35mm, 123 min.

Q: Does Greg talk over the movies, like the Benson Interruption?
A: No. It is a recording of his podcast, followed by a screening of the film.

Watch the trailer for “The Man Who Would Be King”!