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Title Gunga Din [dvd] / RKO Radio Pictures, Inc ; screenplay, Joel Sayre, Fred Guiol ; story, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur ; producer/director, George Stevens
Publisher Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c2004
 Rodman Main Ad Entertainment DVD  G975d    AVAILABLE
Edition Standard (full screen) presentation (4:3)
Descript 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Tech Details DVD format. Dolby Digital mono
Language Closed-captioned
English dialogue. Choice of: English, French, Spanish subtitles
Performer(S) Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Victor McLaglen, Sam Jaffe, Joan Fontaine, Eduardo Ciannelli
Credits Music, Alfred Newman
Note Special features: making-of documentary on location with Gunga Din ; commentary by historian Rudy Behlmer ; original and reissue theatrical trailers. Includes vintage Porky Pig Looney Tunes Cartoon "The film fan"
DVD release of the 1939 motion picture
Based on Rudyard Kipling's poem Gunga Din
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated
Summary "George Stevens' 'Gunga Din' was not only the best of Hollywood's forays into colonialist adventure yarns, it served as the blueprint for many action-adventure movies for years after its release. It is a tribute to Stevens' direction and the uniformly superb cast that the film was a rousing success upon its release, and has endured as a popular favorite for decades since. Americans have always had problematic relationships with stories of British colonialism, but we also love a good adventure yarn, and the usual Hollywood compromise is to ignore the particulars, hold one's nose at the worst elements of subjugation, and just tell the story. That was the approach of the five screenwriters (including Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur and the uncredited William Faulkner) involved in the project, and director Stevens adhered to their work to the letter in telling Rudyard Kipling's story of life, love, and adventure on the frontier of the Indian subcontinent. In the film, the British army is a peace-keeping force, protecting the native populace from a murderous cult of religious fanatics who kill anyone in their way, including their own people. If the paternalistic attitude of the British seems heavy-handed, the oversight is more than outweighed by the savagery of the characters they're fighting. The pacing includes room for ample roughhousing, some of it bordering on slapstick, and rich character development. The actors play their parts as though they were born for them: Victor McLaglen, in particular, cuts a surprisingly dashing figure as Sergeant McChesney; the actor was nearly a decade away from settling into the more comical and jovial character roles that he played in John Ford's films. Cary Grant displays a larcenous side to his screen persona which in many ways anticipates his most compelling dramatic performance in 'None But the Lonely Heart'. Ironically, for a film that introduced author Kipling to the mass public [better] than any other adaptation of his work, 'Gunga Din' ran afoul of the sensibilities of the author's widow, who objected to the scenes depicting an unnamed, Kipling-like journalist, and those shots were cut at her request after the first run of the movie. These scenes would remain unseen until the late 1980s, when they were restored under the auspices of Turner Entertainment, the company that purchased the RKO film library." -- Bruce Eder at
Note For private home use only
Subject British -- India -- Drama
Soldiers -- India -- Drama
Battlefields -- India -- Drama
Thugs (Indic criminal group) -- Drama
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936 -- Television adaptations
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936 -- Film adaptations
India -- History -- 19th century -- Drama
Genre Action and adventure films.
Historical films.
Film adaptations.
Subject Video recordings for the hearing impaired
DVD videodiscs
Alt Author Stevens, George, 1904-1975
Grant, Cary, 1904-1986
Fairbanks, Douglas, 1909-2000
McLaglen, Victor, 1886-1959
Jaffe, Sam, 1891-1984
Fontaine, Joan, 1917-
Cianelli, Eduardo, 1887-1969
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962
Newman, Alfred, 1901-1970
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. Gunga Din
RKO Radio Pictures
Warner Home Video (Firm)
ISBN 0780648714
ISBN/ISSN 053939683622
Music # T6836 Warner Home Video

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