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Release Date:
19 December 1951 (France) See more »
Beauty...Mystery...Delightful Humor... See more »
Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Sumptuously beautiful See more (36 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Nora Swinburne ... The Mother

Esmond Knight ... The Father

Arthur Shields ... Mr. John
Suprova Mukerjee ... Nan
Thomas E. Breen ... Capt. John
Patricia Walters ... Harriet

Radha ... Melanie

Adrienne Corri ... Valerie
June Hillman ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nimai Barik ... Kanu (uncredited)
Richard R. Foster ... Bogey (uncredited)
Jane Harris ... Muffie (uncredited)
Jennifer Harris ... Mouse (uncredited)

Trilak Jetley ... Anil (uncredited)

Bhogwan Singh ... Sajjan (uncredited)
Penelope Wilkinson ... Elizabeth (uncredited)
Cecilia Wood ... Victoria (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
Writing credits
Rumer Godden (novel)

Rumer Godden (screenplay) and
Jean Renoir (screenplay)

Produced by
Kenneth McEldowney .... producer
Jean Renoir .... producer
Original Music by
M.A. Partha Sarathy 
Cinematography by
Claude Renoir 
Film Editing by
George Gale 
Production Design by
Eugène Lourié  (as Eugene Lourie)
Art Direction by
Bansi Chandragupta 
Production Management
Kalyan Gupta .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bansi Ashe .... assistant director
Harisadhan Dasgupta .... assistant director (as Hari S. Das Gupta)
Sukhamoy Sen .... assistant director
Satyajit Ray .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
A. Charles Knott .... sound engineer (as Charles Knott)
Charles Poulton .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ramananda Sen Gupta .... camera operator
Shadhon Ray .... apprentice camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Alain Daniélou .... musical advisor (uncredited)
Subrata Mitra .... musician: sitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Forrest Judd .... assistant: Mr. Renoir
M.A. Partha Sarathy .... technical advisor
Subrata Mitra .... production assistant (uncredited)
Satyajit Ray .... assistant: Mr. Renoir (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Jean Renoir originally wanted Marlon Brando to play Captain John.See more »
Miscellaneous: In the narration at the start of the film Harriet states, "We were five children, four girls and my brother, Bogey." This is incorrect. There are actually five girls and a total of six children in the family; Harriet, Elizabeth, Muffie, Mouse, Victoria and Bogey.See more »
Valerie:This... being together... in the garden. All of us happy, and you with us here, I didn't want it to change... and it's changed. I didn't want it to end... and it's gone. It was like something in a dream. Now you've made it real. I didn't want to be real.See more »
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Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007)See more »


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17 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Sumptuously beautiful, 8 June 2000
Author: William J. Fickling ( from Columbia, South Carolina, USA

I rated this film 9 instead of 10 because of its slow start and because of some of the acting. But what a movie! I don't think it's an accident that Renoir is the son of the great impressionist painter, because in this film, he uses the screen as a canvas. The shot of Valerie standing in midscreen with the green pond and foliage behind her is indescribably beautiful. Moreover, the sensuousness achieved here is rare in film. I felt that I was in India 50 years ago, so skilled was Renoir in being able to absorb the viewer into the film. A real find!

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