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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.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Victoria Jones
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Col. Rodney Savage
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Patrick Taylor
Abraham Sofaer ...
Surabhai
Francis Matthews ...
Ranjit Kasel
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Govindaswami
Peter Illing ...
Edward Chapman ...
Thomas Jones
Freda Jackson ...
The Sandani
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Lt. Graham McDaniel
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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A Flaming Love Story On A Background Of Turmoil And Revolt! See more »


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1 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Encruzilhada dos Destinos  »

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$3,637,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Eastman Color)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the restaurant dance, the soldiers speak Pushtu (native to north Pakistan and Afghanistan) to Ava Gardner's and Stewart Granger's characters. 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

Ranjit Kasel: Why did he call you Miss Darkie?
Victoria Jones: To hurt.
Ranjit Kasel: I don't always understand Col. Savage.
Victoria Jones: I wish I didn't always understand him.
Ranjit Kasel: But, I want to be able to share these things with you, Victoria.
Victoria Jones: Then listen: There was a young lady named Starkey, who got herself hitched to a darkie. The results of her sins, was an eightsome of twins: 2 black, 2 white and 4 cocky.
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Crazy Credits

The character played by the great Lionel Jeffries is clearly identified as a Captain with three shoulder pips. But in the credits he is listed as Lt. Graham McDaniel who, had he really been a Lieutenant would only have worn two pips. See more »

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References Vacation from Marriage (1945) See more »

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An excellent film, technically and historically
14 March 2015 | by (Houston TX USA) – See all my reviews

A film for those who like history and large-scale analog cinematography in the classic mode. While it departs in certain details from the original novel, and while it did not score well at the box office, Bhowani Junction stands in retrospect as a monument to filmmaking excellence in the epic age of Hollywood, with a fine script, great historical verisimilitude, gigantic production values, and excellent performances all around, most especially by a ravishing Ava Gardner as a half-Indian, half-English minor officer in the British colonial corps, and by Stewart Granger as her commanding officer. The star-crossed pair eventually find love amidst the coming departure of the British from India, encountering Gandhi's cadres of non-violent resistors, scheming and marauding Communists directed from Moscow, and the sexual and racial politics and ambiguities of the late colonial period. The titling styles of films in this era can feel dated, but who cares---all in all this is great stuff, and an entirely educational and pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.


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