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Year
1939
Runtime
117 min.
Director
George Stevens
Genres
Adventure, War
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
8,413
Checks
2,016
Favs
95
Dislikes
31
Favs/checks
4.7% (1:21)
Favs/dislikes
3:1
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  1. dombrewer's avatar

    dombrewer

    I think you'd have to be in a very forgiving kind of mood to really enjoy "Gunga Din" in this day and age. In the first instance there's Grant, McLaglen and Fairbanks Jr goofing around while natives and soldiers are being massacred on all sides which is a pretty strange tonal choice under the circumstances, the more slapstick it becomes the odder the drama seems. Then there's the fairly traditional usage of white actors in the leading Indian roles - middle aged Jewish American Sam Jaffe has a stab at playing the title role (a teenage Indian water carrier) in blackface and it's pretty embarrassing. They obviously wanted Sabu, seemingly Hollywood's only Indian, for the part - but he wasn't available. Frankly they should have waited until he was, although you'd think there must have been more than one competent Hindi actor out there somewhere. Never mind. Lastly there's the whole myth of the British Raj as a worthy heroic action in the first place and Gunga Din naively idolising the military bluster and arrogance of colonialism - the Thuggee cult probably have a point, the British probably deserved to be strangled in their beds. The action sequences are pretty good, although mostly sped up, and Annie the elephant is delightful. Just don't think too much the snakes bouncing around on wires in the snake pit, or British soldiers wielding American guns and saluting wrong way, or about how Grant can survive a lashing, being shot and then bayonetted right through the back in the final showdown. It's exceptionally silly. 6 years 9 months ago
  2. LordKinbote's avatar

    LordKinbote

    This movie has a high FFPM (face punches per minute) ratio. I approve! 8 years 3 months ago
  3. gulliver's avatar

    gulliver

    Not without qualitys, even though it is absolutely not pc. But definetly not worthy of 3 top 1000 lists! 4 years 9 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #74 in AFI's 100 years...100 cheers
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  2. This movie ranks #128 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  3. This movie ranks #214 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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  4. This movie ranks #267 in National Film Registry
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  5. This movie ranks #365 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  6. This movie ranks #803 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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