King Rat details
|Starring:||George Segal, Patrick O'Neal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||2 hours 9 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Aug 2005|
Most helpful review
Superb.....By Richard Morgan from London, England , 22 Sep 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Saw this again recently after a few years and forgot just how good it is.
Excellent, thought provoking movie with a great central theme. Superb performances all round (particularly Courtney) just a pity that director Forbes' career did not live up to the promise shown here.
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (5) Yes |
- No (0)
A very good filmBy a customer , 04 Jan 2012i just watched this film by chance and it was better than expected. Don't be fooled by the title that make it sound a little cheap. This is about a bunch of guys in a war concentartion camp. A mix of English, australian and American. George Seagal is the lead actor, a man who was always thinking about business and keeping a positive actitud. While everybody wear rags he was always impecable. The second lead (I don't know his name)plays an English lad who at the begining don't trust the King Rat but later became one of his best friend. The film is not depressing and it moves very fast. very enterteining.
Oh dearBy SisterKaff (48 reviews) from Abingdon, Oxfordshire , 04 Sep 2009I cannot understand the sycophantic reviews this film has had, for if like me, you get annoyed by those Hollywood films that portray Americans as cool and ethically sound and the British as effete, crooked Euro trash, then don't waste your time watching this film.
George Seagal is phenomenally annoying as the superficial, smirking spiv character who outshines and out everythings his fellow British prisoners.
For a great portrayal of a clever spiv, John Malkovich in Empire of the Sun is streets ahead in a different realm.
However I did learn something, wet or gas gangrene can be reversed and totally cured without any surgery. Does that count as a spoiler?
SuperbBy a customer from Guildford , 13 Jan 2009Thought-provoking film. Not quite the same as the book but pretty good portrayal.
GrippingBy a customer from Exeter , 14 Dec 2008This film was surprisingly good and gripping so all credit to Bryan Forbes for his direction. Nobody stole the film - it was a good ensemble piece. George Segal and James Fox were good contrasting characters, Segal being so 'smart' and American and out to make a fast buck which you can see as corruption or survival. James Fox plays along, looking beautiful, but his acting is impeccible. Others have smaller roles but still stand out e.g. John Mills, Leonard Rossiter, Denholm Elliot and others.
The only flaw for me was the lone man coming to liberate the camp. Could that happen? Surely it would have been a line of jeeps as you did see later.
However, that aside, it's a good study of the human condition, the British class system, the ease of falling into corrupt ways as a means of survival. And then we have the superb Tom Courtenay who stands out as the only incorruptible man in the camp sticking doggedly to his principles and finding disappointment all around him as he sees that those he looked up to in rank are just as corrupt as those below him. Fine performances all round.
So, soBy a customer from Barmouth , 30 Nov 2008Husband wasn't overly impressed with this one, said it went on too long.