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Gunga Din (1939)

Director: George Stevens     Starring: Cary Grant
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40696908
UPC: 053939683622
UPC 14: 00053939683622
Rating: NR
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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.
Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Turner Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/29/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 117 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1939
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 6836
Video UPC UPC: 00053939683622
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Cary Grant
Video Cast Info Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Video Cast Info Joan Fontaine
Video Cast Info Montagu Love
Video Cast Info Sam Jaffe
Video Cast Info Victor McLaglen
Video Cast Info Alfred Newman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ben Hecht - Writer
Video Cast Info George Stevens - Producer
Video Cast Info George Stevens - Director
Video Cast Info Henry Berman - Editor
Video Cast Info Joel Sayre - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Joseph August - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Rudyard Kipling - Based On Poem By
Plot 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.


Oscar (1940)
   Video Award Name Joseph H. August , Nominee, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Professional Reviews

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

"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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Grant,Cary
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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