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Thumbnail for King Rat (1965) King Rat (1965)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 77
Category: Drama, WarSub-Category: war filmMain subject: Pacific War, World War IIRuntime: 134 minutesColor: black-and-white, colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United Kingdom, United StatesDirector: Bryan ForbesScreenwriter: Bryan ForbesMusic: John BarryCinematography: Burnett GuffeyStars: George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O'Neal, Denholm Elliott, James Donald, John Mills, Leonard Rossiter, Alan Webb, Todd Armstrong Producer: Marvin MillerStudio: Columbia PicturesAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Burnett Guffey)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a POW detention center like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences for the simple reason that there was no place for the prisoners to escape to. Included among the prisoners is the American Cpl. King, a wheeler dealer who has managed to established a pretty good life for himself in the camp. While most of the prisoners are near starvation and have uniforms that are in tatters, King eats well and and has crisp clean clothes to wear every day. His nemesis is Lt. Robin Grey, the camp Provost who attempts to keep good order and discipline. He knows that King is breaking camp rules by bartering with the Japanese but can't quite get the evidence he needs to stop him. King soon forms a friendship with Lt. Peter Marlowe an upper class British officer who is fascinated with King's élan and no rules approach to life...


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