The Man Who Would Be King

Danny (Sean Connery) decides that he wants to stay in Kafiristan and marry a woman; he chooses Roxana as his bride. Peachy (Michael Caine) is about to leave with part of the treasures but Danny convinces him to leave after the wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, Roxana bites Danny on the cheek and he bleeds a bit. The high priest Kafu Selim and the other priest notice this and see that Danny is not a god. They begin protesting and Danny, Peachy, Billy Fish and a bunch of riflemen make a run for it but they are outnumbered by the priests. Danny crosses a bridge which is cut down and Danny falls to his death. Back to the present, Peachy narrating the story to Rudyard Kipling (Christopher Plummer), he tells Kipling that after Danny died, he (Peachy) was crucified by the angry priests and survived. Then he made the near impossible journey back home and almost died because of the harsh weather. Having reached the end of his incredible story, Peachy then leaves and gives to Kipling a souvenir: Danny's skull wearing the crown.


Factual error: Bullets thrown (or spat) into a fire do not go off with a bang, and do not fly off and hit anything. The sound of a gunshot is produced by contained gases exploding out of the gun barrel. The casing of a bullet is far too weak to contain the gases, and would split as soon as the powder started to vaporise in the heat of the fire. You'd get a lot of smoke, a lot of fizz and pop, but no gunshot, and no bullets whizzing about.

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Suggested correction: What utter cobblers. Bullets are not sealed into the cartridge which is usually made of solid brass. Upon ignition of the propellant the bullet will be ejected in a similar way to a gun barrel - much slower and extremely inaccurately, but that's not relevant here. The bullets would behave exactly as we see them do here, and they would make a loud bang.

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