King Rat (1965)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - POW Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 134 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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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.

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POW (Prisoner of War), black-market, rackets [corruption], American [nationality], rat [animal], war