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King Rat

Not Rated In Theaters 04/21/2008 , 134min.
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Plot & Details

James Clavell incorporated a few of his own experiences as a British POW in his novel King Rat. Bryan Forbes' film version stars George Segal as the mastermind of all black market operations in a Japanese prison camp. He is called "King Rat" because of his breeding of rodents to serve as food for his emaciated fellow prisoners; the nickname also alludes to Segal's shifty personality. British officer James Fox helps Segal expand his operation to include trading with the Japanese officers. Though on surface level a thoroughly selfish sort, Segal saves the ailing Fox's life by wangling precious antibiotics from the guards.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Frank Tuttle Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography Burnett Guffey Nominated
1965 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Art Direction Robert Emmet Smith Nominated

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