DVD: The Brigand of Kandahar (PG)
Friday 13 January 2012
"He's reported to be slightly mad but wily as a fox," is how Lieutenant Case (Ronald Lewis) describes Oliver Reed's tribal leader, Ali Khan, and ripe language, rousing music and dodgy politics/accents abound in this Hammer production from 1965.
Unhinged Khan wishes to recruit Case, an unjustly disgraced British "half caste" soldier, into his merry band of bandits roaming around the Indian desert in the 1850s. It's impossible to watch this hokum and not think of Bernard Bresslaw and Kenneth Williams in Carry On... Up the Khyber. Reed, however, is good value again.
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