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I've never read the novel King Rat by James Clavell, though I loved Shogun. But I'm currently about half-way through the movie and it's amazingly good. It is based on Clavell's time in a Japanese prison camp during World War II.

I never knew George Segal was such a great actor, only having seen him in Just Shoot Me. He is perfect in the role. Tom Courtenay, James Fox, and Denholm Elliot are also excellent.

I highly recommend it if you get the chance.

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I've never seen it, thanks for the heads-up.

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An excellent movie. Richard Dawson saves the day, or actually years.
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Great read, great movie
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Clavell died at 72 which I suppose was a good run considering the privations he suffered in Changi. Probably still had some great books to write. Frown

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The book is, as usual, much better than the movie.

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I remember his in Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
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Wish I still had my copy of the book...

Very much enjoyed reading it as 'ute

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Read the book as a young'un probably would enjoy the movie though its been a long time since reading it. King Rat was a great title.

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The book is one of my all time favorites! I have never seen the movie, but have read the book probably 10 times. I actually got started by reading Shogun, then Tai-Pan, Gai-Jin and others.

I need to try and find it on streaming somewhere.

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