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The Deceivers (1988)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  2 September 1988 (USA)
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Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825.

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William Savage
Shashi Kapoor ...
Raja Chandra Singh
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Hussein
Helena Michell ...
Sarah Wilson
Keith Michell ...
Colonel Wilson
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George Anglesmith
Tariq Yunus ...
Feringea
Jalal Agha ...
The Nawab
Gary Cady ...
Lt. Maunsell
Salim Ghouse ...
Piroo
Neena Gupta ...
Gopal's Wife
Nayeem Hafizka ...
Sepoy
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Harlot (as Bijoya Jena)
H.N. Kalla ...
The Nawab Servant
Kammo ...
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In 1825, India lives under fear. A mysterious religion's followers murder everyone that stands against their plans. When William Savage, a tax-collector of a British-Indian company, discovers the sect and decides to solve the mystery... Written by S.W.P.er

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According to the official website of Merchant Ivory Productions "in the early 1980's [producer Ismail] Merchant first set in motion a project of which he had long dreamed, and that he was to do outside of his usual collaboration with [writer Ruth Prawer] Jhabvala and [director James] Ivory, the making of The Deceivers (1988). The Deceivers (1988) is adapted from the John Masters novel, set in India in 1825, which depicts the exploits of William Savage (based on William Sleeman of the Indian Political Service), who disguises himself as an Indian in order to expose and destroy a secret cult whose members, the infamous Thugees, ritually murdered and robbed travelers in the name of the goddess Kali. Merchant had read the novel years before, been struck by it, and later decided to film it. The movie was slow in getting into production, however, and once into that stage presented such an array of problems as to stagger even Merchant. An entire book, Hullabaloo in Old Jeypore: The Making of The Deceivers (1988), was needed for Merchant to set down all that occurred". See more »

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bargain-basement foreign intrigue
13 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although it displays the usually reliable Merchant-Ivory production banner this tale of high adventure and skullduggery in British India is only a routine B movie with exotic pretensions. The background is historically factual, drawn around the ritual murders committed by a secret religious cult of so-called 'Thuggees' (from which the word 'thug' was later derived). But the far-fetched story of a British soldier infiltrating their ranks and losing himself in a netherworld of violence and vices is, at best, contrived, even by the lowest standards of romantic fiction. The idea might have looked better on paper, before its artistic and commercial potential was crippled by a lackluster, coincidence-filled script and a star performance that drains the hero of any charisma. Director Nicholas Meyer tries to convey the allure of an ancient culture, but the film doesn't have enough style to camouflage its slapdash lack of substance, and the token gestures to period flavor and atmosphere don't extend beyond the costume design and some cut-rate esoteric mysticism. When, for example, hero Pierce Brosnan is seduced by a mysterious native girl, their shadows on the wall show him embraced by the six-armed Thuggee goddess Kali… (cue the ominous tabla music)


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