Gunga Din

Gunga Din

DVD - 2004
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Three British army veterans find adventure on India's North-West frontier.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
Publisher: Burbank : Warner Home Video, [2004]
Copyright Date: ℗2004
ISBN: 9780780648715
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Gunga
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English with subtitles in French and Spanish.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Aug 02, 2018

This is a classic! Some of the best actors of Hollywood's golden years are featured in this film. Cary Grant, Sam Jaffee, Douglas Fairbanks and Victor McLaglen star in a very enjoyable adventure movie with plenty of comedy weaved into the plot and lots of suspense. The final battle scene is fantastic, one of the best.

Jun 11, 2017

I liked this DVD. If you like the 1940-1950 movie style, you will like this movie. It is too violent for children with the war scenes. The script is strong. It is about friendship and trust. It is well acted. I like the actors.

Feb 23, 2016

I thought Cary Grant's role as the overgrown schoolboy was very distracting, mainly because he plays the same type of character over and over in most of his movies. This must have been a real blockbuster of a movie for its time. It's easy to spot the scenes stolen for the Spielberg films.

Nov 16, 2015

I loved this movie! It had quite a bit of humour and some good action sequences especially since it is from 1939. There was great chemistry between the 3 male leads. Also, I loved Cary Grant's part. He has different hair in this movie unlike all his others! He had no side part- I prefer him without the side part lol!

Jun 20, 2015

When a fanatical death cult begins terrorizing colonial India with sabotage and murder the British army assigns three officers to neutralize them: suave Ballantine (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), dashing Cutter (Cary Grant), and lovable gorilla MacChesney (Victor McLaglen). Together with their faithful water boy Gunga Din (forty-seven year old Sam Jaffe looking ridiculous in loincloth and brown face) the three amigos will brave certain death, bizarre pagan rituals, and a hostile landscape (California standing in for India standing in for the Wild West) before the week is over. From the outset it is painfully obvious that director George Stevens cut his teeth doing Hal Roach comedies for not only do the exploits of his leads border on slapstick—they spike a punch bowl with “Elephant Elixir” and toss around sizzling sticks of TNT as if they were cream pies—but many of the tiresome battle scenes seem penned by the Keystone Cops with turbans flying and a bouncy musical score glossing over death and victory alike. However, it is Hollywood’s narrow-minded insistence on stereotyping anything that isn't white and apple pie that ultimately gives the film it’s short shelf life as Jaffe does for Hindus what Minstrel Shows did for black Americans and an entire continent is peopled by bumbling kowtowers. A tearjerking finale obviously meant to honour the heroic Din merely drives home the final nail.

7duffy Apr 21, 2015

Still entertaining, but I seem to remember enjoying it more as a kid. I was thinking of the cult in The Temple of Doom when I was watching this movie and now I read the previous reviewer say that is where Spielberg got them. I can see this movie was the also the inspiration for the Rat Pack movie; Sergeants 3.

Mar 07, 2014

This movie was the "Indiana Jones" of it's time -- with lots of action and adventure. Great to see these movie stars in their prime. Interestingly, the cult featured in the film was chosen by Spielberg for the bad guys of the second Indiana Jones movie. Enjoy.

Red_Sox Apr 26, 2013

My impressions were the elephant were not treated very well. Besides all that loved dins loyalty to the british. I mean if they made this movie today Din would have turned on the British in a heartbeat.

voisjoe1 Aug 11, 2012

A Rudyard Kipling story of British soldiers in India putting down an insurrection of religious Indian zealots. A very good movie, but royally spoiled by the fact that the major Indian characters are played by whites in black face. At this time (1939) Hollywood had no shame, but this is an example of American racism that many would like to be swept under the rug.

Feb 24, 2012

It's a very good adventure movie with a lot of laugh! It's real delight to watch!

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Feb 11, 2011

"'re a better man than I am, Gunga Din."

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