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4v291 MAN WHO WOULD BE KING Japanese '76 art of Sean Connery & Michael Caine by Tom Jung!

Date Sold 4/21/2009
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An Original 1976 (from the first release of this movie in Japan) Vintage Theatrical Folded Japanese "B2" Movie Poster (measures 20" x 28 1/2") (Learn More)

The Man Who Would Be King, the 1975 John Huston English/U.S. British-in-India military war adventure epic ("Adventure in all its glory!"; "Rudyard Kipling's epic of splendor, spectacle and high adventure at the top of a legendary world."; "Long Live Adventure... And Adventurers!"; "Based on a story by Rudyard Kipling"; "Screenplay by John Huston and Gladys Hill") starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saaed Jaffrey, and Shakira Caine (billed as "introducing Shakira Caine"). Note that this movie has a fascinating origin! John Huston became obsessed with the idea of making a movie based on this Rudyard Kipling story, and he first tried to get it launched in 1952, at which point he hoped to have Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable in the lead roles (and the proposed screenwriter was Aeneas MacKenzie, a top Hollywood screenwriter whom Huston had first worked with in 1939 on Juarez)! But that never materialized (first because Bogart got sick in the middle 1950s and passed away in 1957, at which point the project was shelved, and then again the project was revived when Clark Gable showed an interest while filming The Misfits, but Gable passed away in 1960 right after making that movie, and it was shelved again); it is unclear exactly what happened after this, but it is rumored that Huston pursued making the movie in the early 1960s with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; it again fell through but Huston tried again in the middle 1960s, this time rumored that Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole would play the leads; again, it was shelved, and in 1973, Huston revived the idea once again, this time for Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Paul Newman loved the script, but he told Huston that he felt he should not be in it, because he thought it absolutely should have two English stars, and apparently he suggested Sean Connery and Michael Caine. It would not be until 1973 that Huston was able to put it all together with these two great stars, and it would take two years before the movie was released, over 20 years after it was first conceived.
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Artist: Tom Jung
Important Added Info: Note that this poster was folded at one time but has been laying flat for a long time and will be sent rolled in a tube.

Condition: very good to fine.
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