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Bhowani Junction (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 1 May 1956 (USA)
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Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Sonya Levien (screenplay), Ivan Moffat (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ava Gardner ... Victoria Jones
Stewart Granger ... Col. Rodney Savage
Bill Travers ... Patrick Taylor
Abraham Sofaer ... Surabhai
Francis Matthews ... Ranjit Kasel
Marne Maitland ... Govindaswami
Peter Illing ... Ghanshyam
Edward Chapman ... Thomas Jones
Freda Jackson ... The Sandani
Lionel Jeffries ... Lt. Graham McDaniel
Alan Tilvern Alan Tilvern ... Ted Dunphy
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Storyline

The year is 1947, the British are on the verge of finally leaving India. Amongst the few who are sorry to see the British leave are the Anglo-Indians, half British and half Indian, for they are going to miss the patronage of their white cousins, the job reservations, and the important status and positions they currently hold. The British, quite frankly, do not think well of Anglo-Indians, nor do the Indians. Victoria Jones is one such Anglo-Indian, a WAC in the British Army, her father a railway engine driver, and her mom a housewife. She is close to another Anglo-Indian, Patrick Taylor, but changes her mind about him as he harbors deep hatred for the Indians. She witnesses Col. Rodney Savage instruct his soldiers to pour filthy water and garbage at the hands of untouchables on high-caste men and women who are protesting by laying down on the railway tracks to prevent trains from moving. Repulsed and shocked at this, she turns to Ranjit Singh Kassi, a Sikh, and longs to be Indian. She... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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While the world about her trembled with violence and revolt, the golden-skinned "chee-chee" beauty sought her destiny in the arms of the mystic Indian, the reckless Eurasian and the forbidden Englishman, See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Encruzilhada dos Destinos See more »

Filming Locations:

Pakistan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,637,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,075,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,875,000, 31 December 1956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

George Cukor had originally wanted Trevor Howard as the lead, as Stewart Granger had been a front-runner for the role of Norman Maine in A Star Is Born (1954) but demurred when he heard Cukor's tendency toward over-rehearsing prior to shooting. See more »

Goofs

When Savage is first in Taylor's office giving him orders about the trains, he says, "One of you will have to be in close touch with me at all times so that my trolley patrols do not run into unscheduled trains." He says the word "unscheduled" using the American "sk" pronunciation, but as an Englishman he would have pronounced it using the British "sh" sound. See more »

Quotes

Col. Rodney Savage: The only people who face reality are too dumb to duck when they see it coming.
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References China Seas (1935) See more »

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A Essay On RACISM
5 July 2007 | by RAY-130See all my reviews

I watched this expecting the normal 50's play on British India and found a morality tale. The approach was a pleasant surprise. The first half dealt with the prejudice toward half Indian and English by both sides. Any comment applied to "wogs" etc could have been the N word in America. This was made in 1956!!!

Of course the 2ed half became the Granger-Gardner love story and get the bad guy but still fun. Ava was sexy as hell and Stewart was dashing. HIP HIP HORAY! Their children would be "1/4 wog". The ending was a bit much but still fun.

This movie belongs on DVD and soon. I highly recommend this as a fun movie with A blast at hate.


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