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Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)

The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face... See full summary »

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Sanju
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Geoffrey Kendal ...
Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell ...
Mrs. Carla Buckingham
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Maharaja
Praveen Paul ...
Didi
Prayag Raj ...
Sharmaji (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor ...
Guptaji
Jim D. Tytler ...
Bobby (as Jim Tytler)
Hamid Sayani ...
Headmaster's Brother
Marcus Murch ...
Dandy in 'The Critic'
Partap Sharma ...
Aslam
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The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face of India as the old is replaced by the new, Maharajas become hotel owners, sports become more important than culture and the theater is replaced by Bolliwood movies. Based on the travels of Geoffrey Kendal with his daughter Felicity Kendal. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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December 1965 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,378 (North America) (12 November 2017)

Gross:

$4,650 (USA) (16 November 2017)
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This film is partly autobiographical as the actors who play the Buckinghams, father, mother and daughter, had those same roles in real life as the Kendal family and had spent years in India performing Shakespeare with a touring company. The daughter, Felicity Kendal, however, was not born in India like her character in the film. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [Speaking to Lizzie] And when you're young, you never think. And when you're old... you're too tired to think.
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Connections

Features Conversation with James Ivory (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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23 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have watched Merchant-Ivory productions in the cinemas of my native country and was impressed by the fine evocations of the times they presented added obviously by a considerable budget for costumes and technical apparatuses. This situation does not exist in this movie which is poorer but still very fine. The relationship between English and Indians as well the antithesis between the quality theatre and the emerging native movie industry exemplified in the the feud between the English girl and the Indian movie star vying for the heart of the male character was impressive, although being neither English or Indian I could not escape the conclusion that the English were associated with quality theatre while the Indians with popular movies and this equation obviously had a qualitative element in it. The version I saw did not contain subtitles therefore I had some difficulty apprehending the Shakeaspearian performances which are interspersed in the movie. Nevertheless it is a movie I recommend since what I like most was the general impression it conveyed.


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