The Brigand of Kandahar

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The Brigand of Kandahar
"The Brigand of Kandahar" (1965).jpg
UK theatrical poster
Directed by John Gilling
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys
Written by John Gilling (original story and screenplay)
Starring Ronald Lewis
Oliver Reed
Duncan Lamont
Music by Don Banks
Cinematography Reginald H. Wyer (as Reg Wyer)
Edited by Tom Simpson
Distributed by Columbia Pictures (US)
Release dates
9 August 1965 (UK)
November 1965 (US)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Brigand of Kandahar is a 1965 British adventure film directed by John Gilling and starring Ronald Lewis, Oliver Reed and Duncan Lamont.[1] A mixed-race British officer is thrown out of his regiment when he is accused of cowardice in action. He then joins some tribesmen rebelling against the British.[2] It was one of a number of films made during the era that had native rebels as their heroes.[3] It was filmed with extensive footage from Zarak.


Critical reception[edit]

Time Out wrote, "India in 1850 provides the backdrop (supposedly, at least, since papier mâché rocks and rural England are much in evidence) for a routine military adventure";[4] while TV Guide noted the "battle climax is fast, well staged, and entertaining." [5]


  • Monk, Claire & Sargeant, Amy. British historical cinema: the history, heritage and costume film. Routledge, 2002.
  • Richards, Jeffrey. Visions of Yesterday. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973.


  1. ^ "The Brigand of Kandahar". BFI. 
  2. ^ Richards p.217
  3. ^ Monk & Sargeant p.118
  4. ^ "The Brigand of Kandahar". Time Out London. 
  5. ^ "The Brigand Of Kandahar". TV Guide. 

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