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A Celebration Of Sir Sean Connery On His 80th Birthday

By: FSWL team
Edinburgh the man who would be king screening
Special Screening of The Man Who Would Be King (1975) directed by John Huston.

Bank of Scotland Gala Screening. In celebration of Sir Sean Connery's 80th year, and his dedicated support of EIFF as Patron since 1992, he joins EIFF for a special screening of one of his best-loved films in their spectacular new venue.

A late-career masterpiece from legendary director/adventurer Huston and adapted from a Rudyard Kipling story, it stars Sir Sean and Michael Caine as a pair of opportunistic Victorian chappies scheming to take over a remote middle-eastern kingdom, with Saeed Jaffrey and Christopher Plummer rounding out a star-studded cast.

EIFF's long-serving patron has often named John Huston's rip-roaring adventure classic among his own personal favourites. We're therefore especially delighted to present this much-beloved film with the generous support of Park Circus. 35 years on, we've become accustomed to watching movies on our televisions, our laptops, even our mobiles. But of all the films selected for this year's programme,The Man Who Would Be King is the one which emphatically demands to be seen on the biggest of screens.
It's surely what Huston would have wanted - this is the man who once said:
Edinburgh is the only film festival that's worth a damn.

Cast of The Man Who Would Be King
Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot
Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan
Christopher Plummer as Rudyard Kipling
Saeed Jaffrey as Billy Fish
Doghmi Larbi as Ootah

Film credits
Director: John Huston
Producer: John Foreman
Scriptwriters: John Huston, Gladys Hill
Editor: Russell Lloyd
Director of Photography: Oswald Morris
Music: Maurice Jarre

Hannah McGill, Artistic Director of the EIFF comments:

This event is a fitting way to celebrate Sir Sean's 80 years - almost twenty of which he has given to support EIFF as Patron! He is a great friend of the Festival and we look forward to celebrating this amid the glitter of the Festival Theatre. We are immensely grateful to Bank of Scotland for their support and are delighted to welcome them on board.

Susan Rice, Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland comments:

Bank of Scotland is delighted to support the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival by sponsoring such a timeless classic. EIFF is a wonderful opportunity for us all to see work by some of the best and brightest established film talent, as well as those by the newest, upcoming stars. I am sure this year’s superb programme of films and events will delight people of all ages.

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