The Brigand of Kandahar

1965

Adventure / History

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IMDb Rating 5.5

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dinky-4 7

Even those with a fondness for those &quot;Northwest Frontier&quot; movies set in the British Raj of the 1800&#39;s will probably be disappointed by this minor, unpersuasive, and somewhat uncharacteristic entry from Hammer Films. The costumes have that clean, new look -- as if they just came from a rental shop -- and the handful of sets are too tidy and well-lit to be anything other than studio creations. Even the rocks have a fiberglass look.<br/><br/>More troubling than the film&#39;s skimpy budget, however, is the casting of its main character. He&#39;s supposed to be half-English, half-Indian -- one of those chaps who&#39;s worked his way up in the ranks of the British Army but who feels he&#39;s still regarded with hostility and suspicion by his colleagues. Not only does Ronald Lewis lack the face for this part, (there&#39;s nothing at all Indian about him), but he&#39;s also short of the darkly-compelling charisma which might make this character &quot;work.&quot; He comes across as a provincial English actor who&#39;s dressed up in left-over garb from a production of &quot;Kismet.&quot; In his defense, however, it must be said that the script gives him little to work with since his character is poorly developed and too often seems simply like the victim of events going on around him.<br/><br/>Oliver Reed might have been a better choice for the lead but here he plays the villain -- a rebellious chieftain who&#39;s said to be &quot;half-mad.&quot; Unfortunately, this gives him license to indulge in some theatrical behavior which is more embarrassing than enlivening.<br/><br/>At one point a captured British soldier is whipped by the rebels but even this sure-fire scene is too poorly staged to arouse much interest. (Why didn&#39;t the rebels tear the soldier&#39;s shirt all the way off? Didn&#39;t they take Flogging 101?)

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Reviewed by EdgarST 6

Hammer Film returned to India (at Elstree Studios) with this production, but this time the project lacked the punch &quot;The Stranglers of Bombay&quot; (1959) had. It is a moral tale about ethnic pride, patriotism, military honor and love, but surprisingly it lacks passion. While John Gilling handled the story with vivid action scenes, as he did in previous adventure films he made for Hammer, his rather literate script proved too ambitious to be fully developed in 78 minutes. The previous Hammer attempt to describe India under British rule was a darker story by American scriptwriter David Zelag Goodman, dealing with evil followers of goddess Khali, but in this occasion Gilling directly entered the political field and added an adultery subplot with passable results. On the acting side, while Ronald Lewis is at his usual adequate efficiency level as hero, Oliver Reed is bland and noisy in the role of a ruthless rebel chief, easily overshadowed by Yvonne Romain as his wicked sister. (As she had left for Hollywood to work with Samuel Fuller, beautiful &quot;Stranglers&quot; actress Marie Devereux is sorely missed here). Gilling would turn out his best works for Hammer a year later, when the remarkable &quot;The Plague of the Zombies&quot; and &quot;The Reptile&quot; were released.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 7

Half King Of The Khyber Rifles, half Duel In The Sun, The Brigand of Kandahar doesn&#39;t come close to being as good as those other two classics.<br/><br/>Mixed race British army officer Ronald Lewis comes home without another officer with whom he was out on a scouting expedition. Colonel Duncan Lamont doesn&#39;t believe that he had to flee to give his report and charges him with cowardice. The racism involved here is rather obvious, but Lewis is still drummed out of the service. While in jail the agents of charismatic Afghan tribal leader Oliver Reed free Lewis and he joins Reed&#39;s tribe to make war on the British. Lewis also has an eye for Yvonne Romain who is Reed&#39;s sexy sister. From what we know now and we know plenty more since 9/11 about Moslem culture, sisters of charismatic would be Mahdis don&#39;t walk around in the sexy outfits Romain wears accenting some really mountainous chest construction. <br/><br/>Lewis was also kanoodling with Katharine Woodville the wife of the officer he allegedly deserted. The final battle scenes are staged nicely with an ending totally ripped off from Duel In The Sun.<br/><br/>Recent events have both dated this film and made it somewhat amusing. Oliver Reed is always interesting even in mediocrity. But unless you&#39;re an Oliver Reed fan or like size 36 and up, The Brigand Of Kandahar really isn&#39;t for you.

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