On the run from the police, S.S. Kumar, a thief, comes across a private invitation to the island of Sir John Locksley addressed to Raja Bahadur Singh. When the Raja is shot, Kumar takes him... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
S.S. Kumar
Sheila Enders
Sir John Locksley
Countess Rasmussen
Col. Columbus
O.P. Ralhan ...
K.P.W. Iyengar (Romeo)
Dr. Bukhari
Prem Nath ...
Raja Bahadur Singh
Tolaram (as Dr. Shriram Lagoo)
Dance Teacher
Clyde Chai-Fa ...
Tribal Chief
Phunsok Ladhakhi ...
(as Phansok Ladakhi)
Anita ...
Tribal Dancer
Jayamalini ...
Tribal Dancer (as Jaya Malini)


On the run from the police, S.S. Kumar, a thief, comes across a private invitation to the island of Sir John Locksley addressed to Raja Bahadur Singh. When the Raja is shot, Kumar takes him to a nearby hospital, dons a Sikh's turban, poses as the Raja's son and goes to the private island of John. Also attending are K.P.W. Iyengar, Dr. Bukhari, Colonel Columbus, and Countess Rasmussen. A stunned Kumar finds out that all of these invitees are master criminals and gangsters. Kumar's guise does not fool anyone, including his former sweetheart, Sheila Enders, nevertheless John permits him to stay on, as he feels that Kumar's career, though an amateur, is consistent with those already present. The reason why John has invited them is to find a successor to take his place as he is dying of cancer. He feels that one of his invitees can be trusted to take his place and for this he has arranged for them to steal a diamond (Shalimar) worth 135 crores of rupees. This gem is placed in a secure ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A Game of Life and Death

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

31 December 1978 (India)  »

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Raiders of the Sacred Stone  »

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Dialogue of the film were sampled for the song "Thai" for the internationally released album Bollyhood by Buddy Maxwell. See more »


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Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Performed by Kishore Kumar
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Enjoyable caper movie
19 March 2000 | by (Dunwoody, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

An interesting blend of Western and Indian filmmaking, "Shalimar" (a.k.a. "The Deadly Thief," the title under which I saw it) is a light, undemanding piece of entertainment. Director Krishna Shah demonstrates a great deal of visual flair (particularly during the final jewel-theft sequence, which I can't describe more fully for fear of giving it away). The entire cast is appealing, especially Rex Harrison as the suave, manipulative host, and John Saxon as a mute master thief. The movie's weak point, in terms of plausibility, is the miscasting of the gifted but ungainly Sylvia Miles as a tightrope walker/acrobat. (The cuts to her stunt double during the action sequences are among the most obvious, unconvincing substitutions I've ever seen.) However, the vivacious Miles has such fun with the role that this flaw can be overlooked.

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