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Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  22 September 1958 (USA)
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The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar, a writer and poet, gave away the family's fruit orchard to settle his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kanu Bannerjee ...
Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay)
Karuna Bannerjee ...
Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandopadhyay)
Chunibala Devi ...
Uma Das Gupta ...
Durga (as Uma Dasgupta)
Subir Banerjee ...
Apu (as Subir Bandopadhyay)
Runki Banerjee ...
Little Durga (as Runki Bandopadhyay)
Reba Devi ...
Seja Thakrun
Aparna Devi ...
Nilmoni's wife
Tulsi Chakraborty ...
Prasanna, school teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haren Banerjee ...
Chinibas, Sweet-seller (as Haren Bandyopadhyay)
Rampada Das
Nibhanani Devi ...
Dasi Thakurun
Rama Gangopadhaya ...
Ranu Mookerjee
Roma Ganguli ...
Roma (as Rama Gangopadhyay)
Binoy Mukherjee ...
Baidyanath Majumdar (as Binoy Mukhopadhyay)
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The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar, a writer and poet, gave away the family's fruit orchard to settle his brother's debts. His sister Durga and an old aunt also still lives with them. His mother Sarbojaya bears the brunt of the family's situation. She scrapes by and sells her personal possessions to put food on the table and has to bear the taunts of her neighbors as Durga is always stealing fruit from their orchard. Things get worse when Harihar disappears for five months and Durga falls ill. Even after Harihar returns, the family is left with few alternatives. Written by garykmcd

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22 September 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pather Panchali: Song of the Little Road  »

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$536,364 (USA)
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(within Bengal)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Legend has it that on the first day of shooting, Satyajit Ray had never directed a scene, his cameraman Subrata Mitra had never photographed one and none of his child actors had even been screentested for their roles. See more »

Quotes

Durga: Listen...
Apu: What is it?
Durga: When I'm better, we'll go and look at the trains again. We'll get a good look this time.
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It's A Long Way to Tipperary
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Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
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An Indian Classic
1 March 1999 | by (Cleveland, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

Ray's "Pather Panchali," the first of his unforgettable "Apu Trilogy," is a remarkable film experience. The acting is strong, the direction and script, sure, and the total work, eloquent and moving. A film which one can return to again and again, and each time one can discover new elements. This is a staple of my video library, along with Ray's other two films which complete the trio, "Aparajito" and "The World of Apu." I have watched the trilogy in a continuous sitting on two occasions, and the experience was emotionally overwhelming.


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