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Basics Critics:83Viewers:72Rusty:76
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, WarNotable as: Action/AdventureSub-Category: Adventure Film, Black-and-white, War film, Epic film, Action Film, Action/Adventure, British Empire Film, Cavalry Film, DramaRuntime: 96 - 117 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: CaliforniaDirector: George StevensScreenwriter: Fred GuiolMusic: Alfred NewmanCinematography: Joseph H. AugustStars: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Eduardo Ciannelli, Sam Jaffe, Joan Fontaine, Montagu Love, Abner Biberman, Cecil Kellaway Producer: George StevensStudio: RKO PicturesAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Joseph H. August)Award details: (details at IMDb)

Gunga Din is a 1939 RKO adventure film directed by George Stevens and starring Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., loosely based on the poem of the same name by Rudyard Kipling combined with elements of his short story collection Soldiers Three. The film is about three British sergeants and Gunga Din, their native bhisti, who fight the Thuggee, a cult of murderous Indians in colonial British India. The supporting cast features Joan Fontaine, Eduardo Ciannelli, and, in the title role, Sam Jaffe. The epic film was written by Joel Sayre and Fred Guiol from a storyline by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, with uncredited contributions by Lester Cohen, John Colton, William Faulkner, Vincent Lawrence, Dudley Nichols and Anthony Veiller.

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