Gunga Din

Directed By: George Stevens Starring: Cary Grant

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Hollywood showpiece based on kiplings famous poem about three soldiers in the 19th century who meet adventure on the northwest frontier.


Studio Turner Home Entertainment
SKU 40696908
UPC 053939683622
UPC 14 00053939683622
Format DVD
Release Date 3/29/2005
Rating NR
Big Battles
Classic Fight Scenes
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 stardom. However, the unfortunate, "white man's burden" treatment accorded to Gunga Din must be seen in the context of the film's more benighted time.
Plot Summary
Summary A trio of army sergeants stationed in India during the 1890s spend their days carousing, womanizing, and protecting British colonialism from a native uprising. Assisting them in their official duties is the courageous water bearer, Gunga Din.
Entertainment Weekly "Hands down the best British-in-India movie, not to mention perhaps the best guys' adventure flick of all time..." -- Rating: A 09/22/1995 p.90
USA Today "...One of the best adventure films..." 01/05/1989 p.6D
Premiere "With its beautifully choreographed battles scenes, sublime chemistry between the leads, and breathtaking stunts, GUNGA DIN is a benchmark in action-packed cinema." 02/01/2005 p.115
George Stevens
Cary Grant
Cast & Crew
Alfred Newman - Musical Score
Ben Hecht - Writer
Cary Grant - Actor
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - Actor
George Stevens - Producer
George Stevens - Director
Henry Berman - Editor
Joan Fontaine - Actor
Joel Sayre - Screenplay
Joseph August - Cinematographer
Montagu Love - Actor
Rudyard Kipling - Based On Poem By
Sam Jaffe - Actor
Victor McLaglen - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1939
Catalog ID 6836
UPC 00053939683622
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 117 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (1940) Joseph H. August , Nominee, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Product Attributes
Actor Grant,Cary
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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