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Gunga Din

Gunga Din(1939)

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  • One of the greatest of the British Raj films

    • KatzEyes
    • 9/21/17

    I was about 9,or 10, years old when I first saw this wonderful film. Brought tears to my eyes at the end. I had everything, humor, comradarie, courage, pride, duty, self sacrifice, heroism. Everything. The four principle characters are portrayed by actors who would gain great stature in the years following, and showed their acting skills and prowess, even then. Eduardo Ciannelli, as the GURU, steals every scene that he is in. This was his very best role. Grant, McLaglin, and Fairbanks, Jr. were all great, and Sam Jaffe, as Gunga Din, exuded strong character and inborn pride and self respect, even though a "Beastie" he aspired to become a soldier. That a white, Jewish, actor should play a Hindu Indian, by the application of "Brown Face" makeup, strikes many today as outrageous, racist, and appalling. Such outraged and appalled people need to be admitted to an Institution for the Cinematically Insane. Don't miss this one. Enjoy it all, but especially the performances of Ciannelli, and Jaffe.

  • The 97 minute version vs. the 115 minute version

    • Oscar M Hernandez
    • 3/1/17

    As a child during the 1950's the 97 minute version of "Gunga Din" was my favorite movie of all time. I cannot say the same for the 18 minute longer version. Now, I understand that the "restored", 115 minute version is due to a legal issue regarding the need to include previously deleted scenes of the "Rudyard Kipling type Correspondent" character that appears in the movie almost at the very end. But this is exactly why this version does not compare favorably to the edited version and why, ultimately, it is, in my opinion, a disservice to classic movie viewers to show this version instead of the shorter one.To suddenly introduce a major character during the last 10 minutes of a film is-as any movie buff knows-jarring, to say the least. Not only does it shift the viewers focus from where it should be-i.e.; on the major characters through whom the viewer has experienced the adventure and who are now heading for the eagerly anticipated climax of the movie-but it also, and most telling, breaks the flow of emotions that have built up to this point-as when the Colonel, in the midst of reading the plot-critical, tear-inducing poem, suddenly stops in mid-sentence to query a character who has had nothing to do with any of the proceedings! Such an interruption only serves to completely undermine the emotional narrative at its most critical, if not climactic moment.I know this for a fact-as perhaps other, younger viewers might not-because, as I mentioned, I was used to seeing and enjoying the 97 minute version as a child. Now, as an adult, I can clearly see the difference between the two versions in terms of pacing, continuity, narrative flow, and emotional impact. The 97 minute version is the true classic; the other is not.

  • Great

    • Rob
    • 5/11/16

    Great movie I saw as a child and never forgot. One of very few movies with Cary Grant in the cast where he keeps his over-acting to a minimum.

  • gunga din

    • will
    • 8/2/14

    I took a whoopin back in 1955, for sitting through this classic adventure movie and Top Hat three times in a row. Went in to the Centre theatre on Dundas St. in Toronto at 12. noon and didn't leave until about 10 p.m. that night. I would do it again, if I had the chance. The theatre was filled with hard cases, drunks, pervs. and god knows what other characters you could think of. But when GUNGA DIN stood up and blew that bugle you could hear the cheers and Everyone in that theatre stood on there feet with tears in the there eyes and applauded. Like KING KONG and ROBIN HOOD and a hand full of other films that never grow old, you can watch over and over again.

  • do not forget annie

    • catherine
    • 8/11/13

    Please remember the best actress Annie the elephant.

  • Adventure genre at its best!

    • RedRain
    • 7/15/13

    Five stars for the five great actors - Grant, Fairbanks, McLaglen, Jaffe, Cianelli - who give us an adventure and action film like few others ever have! The backstory is European colonialism that is caught up by the appearance of the worshippers of Kali, the Thuggees. Thuggees had marauded India since 1356 and were mass murderers. The British seek to colonialize India when two of their soldiers, Grant and McLaglen, stumble into a group of Thuggees. From here, the story unfolds. There is great action and a lot of humor. Sam Jaffee, looking nothing like he did in real life thanks to an incredible makeup job, gives an absolutely unforgettable performance as Gunga Din. I do not recommend this film for children, as there are some horrific torture scenes; however, for a first-rate film for adults, you can rarely get better than this!

  • Plenty of Both

    • Graham Thomas
    • 8/31/12

    Howard Thompson said that. One of, if not the best action adventure film from Hollywood. One of Cary's best. See also William Goldman's early novel Temple of Gold. That last scene always gets me. Ever see a grown man cry?

  • Adventure,Treasure,Comrades-in-arms

    • Cary On
    • 7/20/12

    Thanks for Mr Osbourne and the featured guests before and after on 7/19/12

  • Great Action/Adventure

    • Din
    • 7/16/12

    LOVE THIS MOVIE! Great Cary Grant part,enjoyed the Rover Boys/SGTs.Eduordo Ciannelli scary as the Guru.

  • Dashiell Barnes

    • Gunga Din
    • 7/16/12

    "Gunga Din" joins the list of first-rate adventure films from the 30's that includes "The Adventures of Robin Hood" & "Mutiny on the Bounty." Grant, McLaglen & Fairbanks, Jr. have amazing, brother-like chemistry & even under makeup, Jaffe is believable as the title character. Acute attention to detail & Oscar-nominated photography brings Kipling's poem to life, also added is humour & a shining story. An excellent film filled with suspence, humour & lots of action. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • Gunga Din

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 8/22/11

    Pretty good adventure film but at a two-hour running time many scenes seem a bit too long. Also, some dramatic scenes come across as unintentionally humorous. The moments of intentional humor--mainly provided by Grant--are pretty funny though.


    • alexander perez
    • 5/29/11

    this film was one of the inspirations for the Indiana Jones movies, it's use of thugees, deadly snakes, sweeping landscapes, stirring action, and touches of humor. Cary Grant outdoes himself here, being the most comedic out of Douglas Fairbanks,jr. and Victor Maclaglen. one of the grandest adventure films to come out of hollywood, right up there with THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, also about Britain's colonization of africa in the 19th century.

  • Gunga Din

    • Mark Sutch
    • 4/14/11


  • Gunga Din (1939)

    • Jay Higgins
    • 10/13/09

    Very exciting classic action adventure film with an awesome cast. Splashes of humor throughout add a great touch. Wonderful and rousing score. Never boring, always exciting. This film has it all - romance, action, adventure, drama, comedy..what more couold you want?

  • LOVE

    • Marilyn
    • 7/27/08

    this movie. It is a treasure. Every one of the main actors were top stars, including Sam Jaffe. This movie is definitely a classic, and a must see. It is one of my all time favorites. Plus, it came out in that Golden Year of 1939.

  • Too much fun!

    • David
    • 3/20/08

    This exciting and funny classic works on many levels. I watched it with my daughter when she was very young, perhaps just 4 or 5. She loved it . . . plenty of physical comedy and fast-moving plot developments. 25 years later, we both still love it!

  • "You're a better man than I, Gunga Din"

    • FrankieCee
    • 3/20/08

    "Gunga Din": one of the greatest adventure stories ever told! A story about a foreign legion in India and a lowly "water-bearer" named Gunga Din, a local denizen who aspires to be just like his military counterparts, 3 British sergeants whose loyalty and camaraderie for each other extend far beyond the bounds of simple patriotism. Their's is a true and abiding friendship for one another and each would be willing to give his life for the other. Gunga Din wants to be a soldier too, but can never attain the rank due to his subordinate social rank. But heroes are not made according to social standing, they're made through their willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the others. Gunga Din proves the value of his mettle but can he ever attain the rank he so fervently seeks?...."You're a better man than I, Gunga Din"!

  • Colorized-

    • Jim
    • 1/8/07

    I know some people will disagree-- But I would love to see the colorized version agiain. A DVD would be fantastic.

  • Recommended classic film for adventure buffs.

    • Tracy Turner
    • 8/26/06

    I'm 53 and I first saw this movie when I was a teenager. It captured my imagination with it's far off adventures in India and the excitement of danger. I watch this film about once every 6 or 7 years and it still captivates me just as it did so many years ago. I place it in my all time favorites list with Casablanca, Maltese Falcon, To Have and Have Not, Key Largo, and others of the like. A classic for sure!

  • Gunga Din

    • Philip Fichaetti
    • 3/8/06

    A good action movie with great actors.A movie that is still a classic.

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