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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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Savage
Shashi Kapoor ...
Raja Chandra Singh
Helena Michell ...
Sarah Wilson
Keith Michell ...
Colonel Wilson
George Anglesmith
Tariq Yunus ...
Jalal Agha ...
The Nawab
Gary Cady ...
Lt. Maunsell
Salim Ghouse ...
Neena Gupta ...
Gopal's Wife
Nayeem Hafizka ...
Harlot (as Bijoya Jena)
H.N. Kalla ...
The Nawab Servant
Kammo ...


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

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2 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der Ritualmorde  »

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$346,297 (USA)

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Debut produced cinema movie screenplay of screenwriter Michael Hirst. 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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