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King Rat (1965) was a War - Drama Film directed by Bryan Forbes and produced by James Woolf and Marvin Miller.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Robert Emmet Smith; Set Decoration: Frank TuttleNominated
Best CinematographyBurnett GuffeyNominated

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King Rat (1965)

By Beatrice on Sep 15, 2018 From Flickers in Time

King Rat Directed by Bryan Forbes Written by Bryan Forbes from a novel by James Clavell 1965/USA Coleytown Repeat viewing/AmazonInstant I remembered this being excellent from my first viewing years and years ago. ?The rewatch confirmed my memory. Cpl. King (George Segal) is one of the few Americans ... Read full article

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[Dr. Kennedy and Stevens are bandaging Marlowe's wound]
Stevens: What's the matter with you, Stevens?
Stevens: Oh, nothing.
Dr. Kennedy: You're a liar, Stevens. You shave your legs and you're a liar. But you care. You care; that's what saves you.
Stevens: Saves me from what, sir?
Dr. Kennedy: Yourself, Stevens, yourself.
Stevens: I thought you were gonna say from a fate worse than death, sir.
Dr. Kennedy: There's no such thing.

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Both Paul Newman and Steve McQueen were offered the chance to star in the film. They both turned it down and the role went to George Segal.
In the scene where King (George Segal) and his inner circle of fellow prisoners are cooking the dog, the actors (other than Segal) were not told what they were supposed to be eating in the scene. Their reactions are authentic and ad libbed.
Some of the actors had been POWS in the Second World War. Denholm Elliott, while serving in the RAF, had been shot down and taken prisoner by the Nazis.
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