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Bhowani Junction (1956)

 -  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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Victoria Jones
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Col. Rodney Savage
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Patrick Taylor
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Surabhai
Francis Matthews ...
Ranjit Kasel
Marne Maitland ...
Govindaswami
Peter Illing ...
Ghanshyam
Edward Chapman ...
Thomas Jones
Freda Jackson ...
The Sandani
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Lt. Graham McDaniel
Alan Tilvern ...
Ted Dunphy
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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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The actor whom Edward Chapman replaced in the role of "Thomas Jones" was Joseph Tomelty. See more »

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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 »

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Col. Rodney Savage: The only people who face reality are too dumb to duck when they see it coming.
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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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Ava in fine form
27 June 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

'Bhowani Junction' was one of the few movies where Ava Gardner was allowed to be more than just a beautiful, but inanimate statue. As Victoria Jones, she emotes in ways that one rarely sees her do. Like her character Julie in 'Showboat' Victoria is bi-racial, which is the main theme of the movie. The Pakistani backdrop is gorgeously photographed and it's certainly a testament to location shooting as opposed to studio backdrops. Unsurprisingly, it was well directed by Cukor, especially the interior, dramatic scenes that he is so famous for. The final sequence is a break from that, however, with darkly lit chases and murder. An entertaining diversion; certainly one that fans of Gardner would want to catch.


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