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King of the Wind (1990)

In 1727, an Arab colt is born with the signs of the wheat ear and the white spot on his heel: evil and good. And thus begins the life of Sham. He is a gift to the King of France, through a ... See full summary »


Peter Duffell


Marguerite Henry (novel), Phil Frey | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... King George II
Glenda Jackson ... Queen Caroline
Frank Finlay ... Edward Coke
Jenny Agutter ... Hannah Coke
Nigel Hawthorne ... Achmet
Navin Chowdhry ... Agba
Anthony Quayle ... Lord Granville
Peter Vaughan ... Captain
Ian Richardson ... Bey of Tunis
Neil Dickson ... Earl of Godolphin
Barry Foster ... Mr. Williams
Jill Gascoine ... Mrs. Williams
Ralph Bates ... LeDuc
Joan Hickson ... Duchess of Marlborough
Norman Rodway ... Capt. 'Blueskin' Blake


In 1727, an Arab colt is born with the signs of the wheat ear and the white spot on his heel: evil and good. And thus begins the life of Sham. He is a gift to the King of France, through a series of adventures with his faithful stable boy, Agba, he becomes the Godolphin Arabian, the founder of one of the greatest thoroughbred racing lines of all time. Written by Kathy Li

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25 May 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

König der Winde See more »

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This was Glenda Jackson's final movie before her retirement from acting. See more »

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Well, that was obnoxious
4 February 2012 | by BibChrSee all my reviews

A stirring movie, spanning three continents and an ocean, about a disadvantaged boy moved to transcend his handicaps through intelligence and excellence, out of his love for an Arabian horse he'd cared for since the horse's birth.

Sound like fun? Probably would be. I'd like to see that movie. Instead, we saw "King of the Wind."

It's an interesting idea done in by the main human character and, unfortunately, that's hard to shrug off. We meet scoundrels and nobility, we traverse desert and sea and countryside... but unfortunately, everywhere we turn we're beset by this dim-witted, obnoxious, resourceless boy, Agba.

I don't know that the eighteenth century showed much charity towards the disabled; I would think that a mute, to survive, would have to be quick-witted, sharp and resourceful. Not this kid. Scene after scene features him standing about (sorry for the pun) dumbly. He hasn't even worked out a response for those who ask him his name — EVER! — invariably waiting stupidly for someone else to explain that he's mute. Evidently even the thought of pointing at his mouth and shaking his head is beyond his grasp.

Again and again things unfairly go against Agba, and he's unable even to explain (though he can eventually write) that he's innocent, or even try to do anything about his situation other than go along with events in sullen helplessness. Agba depends on others to bail him out each time. The only thing about Agba is his dogged devotion to a horse who is, arguably, smarter than he — which is no great compliment to the equine.

The movie only gets a "4" because, having visited England, I enjoyed the costumes and locations and living nobility. It's a charitable score at that. I'd like to have seen a good movie about these events. Too bad this wasn't it.

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