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Passage To India (Blu-ray)

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Set in 1928, this film portrays an indelibly sardonic picture of British life in territorial India. The story concerns Adela Quested (Judy Davis), who is a free-spirited British woman who has settled in India and is to marry Ronny Heaslop (Nigel Havers), a town magistrate. She is befriended by the charming Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee), but it's a friendship that ultimately leads to tragedy.


Studio Sony
SKU 206867149
UPC 043396162259
UPC 14 00043396162259
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/5/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.66:1
Name Lean,David
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Cast & Crew
Alec Guinness - Actor
Cliff Robinson, et. al. - Art Director
David Lean - Director
David Lean - Screenplay
David Lean - Editor
E.M. Forster - Based On Novel By
Ernest Day - Cinematographer
Herbert Westbrook - Production Designer
James Fox - Actor
John Box - Production Designer
John Heyman - Executive Producer
Judy Davis - Actor
Maurice Jarre - Original Music By
Michael Culver - Actor
Nigel Havers - Actor
Peggy Ashcroft - Actor
Richard B. Goodwin - Producer
Richard Wilson - Actor
Santha Rama Rau - Based On Play By
Victor Banerjee - Actor
Winner (1986) British Academy Awards, Peggy Ashcroft, Best Actress
Winner (1985) Golden Globe, A Passage to India, Best Foreign Film,Golden Globe, Maurice Jarre, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Peggy Ashcroft, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Peggy Ashcroft, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Maurice Jarre, Best Music, Original Score
Nominee (1985) Oscar, Judy Davis, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Oscar, David Lean, Best Director,Oscar, David Lean, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Oscar, John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin, Best Picture
ReviewSource DVD Savant
Review David Lean is at the top of his form in A Passage to India, his last movie. The film is crisp, fast moving, technically assured. Its scale is well judged, fielding epic-like crowd scenes when needed, but mostly focusing on its interesting, complicated group of characters...Lean's casting is flawless. Australian Judy Davis makes a perfect Adela Quested, and it's nice to see the underused James Fox in such a sensitive role. Alec Guiness' imitation of an Indian is more than acceptable, and thankfully doesn't clash with the many real Indians who give the movie its sense of veracity...Godbode is something of a ditz, the defending counsel is a political schemer. Aziz and his friends are as awkward in their fawning toward the British, as some of the Brits are transparent with their contempt. It's nice to see Saeed Jaffrey of The Man Who Would be King in a small role. As Doctor Aziz, Victor Bannerjee should have won an Oscar. Expressive and intensely human, he is everything the handsome Omar Sharif was not in Zhivago...Lean's previous four epics all concerned themselves with people in wartime, under extraordinary stress. Here the fates might turn on a simple misunderstanding, or details as small as someone loaning another person a 'back collar stud.' The film's intimacy makes it extraordinarily deep for an 'epic.'
Reviewer Glenn Erickson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Forster's novel is one of the literary landmarks of this century, and now David Lean has made it into one of the greatest screen adaptations I have ever seen...Lean places these characters in one of the most beautiful canvases he has ever drawn (and this is the man who directed "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia"). He doesn't see the India of travel posters and lurid postcards, but the India of a Victorian watercolorist like Edward Lear, who placed enigmatic little human figures here and there in spectacular landscapes that never seemed to be quite finished. Lean makes India look like an amazing, beautiful place that an Englishman can never quite put his finger on -- which is, of course, the lesson Miss Quested learns in the caves...David Lean is a meticulous craftsman, famous for going to any lengths to make every shot look just the way he thinks it should. His actors here are encouraged to give sound, thoughtful, unflashy performances (Guinness strains at the bit), and his screenplay is a model of clarity: By the end of this movie we know these people so well, and understand them so thoroughly, that only the most reckless among us would want to go back and have a closer look at those caves.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Lean,David
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Channel 4 Film ...well worth watching for fans of the director's epic style.
Rob Thomas, Capital Times ...a powerful and beautiful film.
The New York Times Lean's best work since The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia.
TV Guide's Movie Guide Lean does an excellent job of conveying the repressive nature of British society captured in the novel.
Variety An impeccably faithful, beautifully played...adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel.

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