A Passage To India

A Passage To India

A Passage To India

David Lean's 1984 final film, an adaptation of the historical novel by E.M. Forster.

Cultrual mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India, and racial tensions come to a boil when a white female tourist (Judy Davis) accuses a young Indian doctor (Victor Banerjee) of rape.

Best Supporting Actress (Ashcroft) and Best Original Score Oscars, Academy Awards 1985.
1984Rating: PG164 minsUK, USAEnglish and Hindi with English subtitles
DramaHistorical
Director:
David Lean ('Lawrence Arabia', 'Doctor Zhivago', 'The Bridge on the River Kwai')
Writer:
Santha Rama RauDavid Lean
Cast:
Judy DavisJames FoxVictor BanerjeeAlec GuinnessPeggy AshcroftNigel Havers

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Catch it on the big screen.

David Lean's beautiful evocation of E.M. Forster's book may not be his most readily accessible work and may not trump 'Lawrence Arabia', but it remains a masterful example of Lean's cinematic vision. Beautifully shot, directed, scripted and acted by a cast of greats that includes Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, James Fox, and Peggy Ashcroft, this evocation of...

4.0

Decent, but not Lean's best work

Lean's visually appealing film frequently connects as a social satire and a mystical melodrama of transgressors looking for footholds in psychically threatening territory.

3.0

Wow

Saw this last week - it was even better than the first time I caught it, whenever the hell that was. A Passage to India provides an eye-opening portrait of the amazing world that is/was India, plus the incredible racism of its British rulers at the time. It is a long film but not a boring one - the film takes the time to catch finer details of the story and...

5.0

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Catch it on the big screen.

David Lean's beautiful evocation of E.M. Forster's book may not be his most readily accessible work and may not trump 'Lawrence Arabia', but it remains a masterful example of Lean's cinematic vision. Beautifully shot, directed, scripted and acted by a cast of greats that includes Alec Guinness, Judy Davis, James Fox, and Peggy Ashcroft, this evocation of...

4.0

Decent, but not Lean's best work

Lean's visually appealing film frequently connects as a social satire and a mystical melodrama of transgressors looking for footholds in psychically threatening territory.

3.0

Wow

Saw this last week - it was even better than the first time I caught it, whenever the hell that was. A Passage to India provides an eye-opening portrait of the amazing world that is/was India, plus the incredible racism of its British rulers at the time. It is a long film but not a boring one - the film takes the time to catch finer details of the story...

5.0