Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

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Three brothers are separated and united after many years - one is brought up a Hindu, another a Muslim and the last (and most memorable) a Christian. Hilarity and adventure ensues.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vinod Khanna ...
Inspector Amar Khanna
Akbar Ilhabadi / Raju
Anthony Gonzalves
Neetu Singh ...
Dr. Salma Ali
Parveen Babi ...
Nirupa Roy ...
Jeevan ...
Yusuf Khan ...
Zebisko (as Yusuf)
Mukri ...
Taiyyab Ali
Nasir Hussain ...
Catholic Priest
Kamal Kapoor ...
Superintendant Khanna
Hercules ...
Shivraj ...
Mr. Ilahabadi


A ex-convict must flee his mob boss, leaving his family to fend for themselves. His wife goes blind and his children are abandoned. They are adopted by a Hindu policeman, a Muslim tailor, and a Catholic priest. The Hindu-raised son becomes a policeman in his turn; his Muslim-raised brother becomes a singer; and the last son, played by Amitabh, becomes a happy-go-lucky Catholic who lives on the edge of the law. The boys meet again and their lives become entangled in an incredible plot full of unlikely coincidences and furious action sequences interspersed with songs. In the end, the grieving mother recovers her sight, the evil mob boss is punished, and the family is at last re-united. Written by

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Release Date:

7 January 1977 (India)  »

Also Known As:

A Força do Passado  »

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"My Wife" by Rajin Dhanraj is a cover version of "My Name is Anthony Gonsalves". See more »


When the adult Akbar is first seen in the movie at the hospital, he refers to Salma by the actress' real-life name, Neetu. See more »


Anthony Gonzalves: You know the whole country of the system is juxtapositioned by the hemoglobin in the atmosphere because you are a sophisticated rhetorician intoxicated by the exuberance of your own verbosity.
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Remade as Ram Robert Rahim (1980) See more »


Taiyyab Ali
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Laxmikant and Pyarelal
Sung By Mohammad Rafi & Chorus
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excellent and fantastic
29 September 2008 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Amar akbar anthony is brilliant cinema and full of entertainment. Directed by Manmohan Desai who has made films like coolie, mard and naseeb. Once again Manmohan directs a fabulous movie with action, comesy and family drama. Vinod plays Amar a hindu character and gives a good performance. Rishi plays Akbar and gives a lovable performance. Amitabh plays Anthony and gives an outstanding performance. Amitabh received a Best actor award for his role of Anthony. Shabana Azmi gives a decent performance, Neetu Singh is alright. Parveen babi is lovely, Pran and Nirupa Roy are supporting roles in this movie and give good performances. The movie has loads of great songs, my favorite is My name is Anthony Gonsalves.

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