Picks and Pans Review: Kim
updated 05/21/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/21/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Here's a tale with a remarkable similarity to HBO's Indian miniseries, The Far Pavilions—but this tale is Rudyard Kipling's. It is the story of Kim, an English boy who grows up as a native in India. (He's played with a nice freshness by Ravi Sheth, the son of an American and an Indian who live in Bombay.) Kim is a beggar, "the friend of all the world," who follows an absentminded holy man (Peter O'Toole, overdosing slightly on his dotage but lovable nonetheless). British soldiers discover that Kim is not an Indian but a Brit with a great tan; they send him to school and then recruit him as a spy for Mother England. It takes a little patience—more than some children may have—to pick up the plot. But the reward is an enriching and entertaining yarn.