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2 September 1988 (USA) See more »
Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Pierce Brosnan ... William Savage
Shashi Kapoor ... Raja Chandra Singh

Saeed Jaffrey ... Hussein
Helena Michell ... Sarah Wilson
Keith Michell ... Colonel Wilson

David Robb ... George Anglesmith
Tariq Yunus ... Feringea
Jalal Agha ... The Nawab
Gary Cady ... Lt. Maunsell
Salim Ghouse ... Piroo
Neena Gupta ... Gopal's Wife
Nayeem Hafizka ... Sepoy

Bijaya Jena ... Harlot (as Bijoya Jena)
H.N. Kalla ... The Nawab Servant
Kammo ... Official
Goga Kapoor ... Shor Dil
Manmohan Krishna ... Old Rajput
Harish Magon ... Sepoy
Giles Masters ... Captain Devril
Ramesh Ranga ... Rajput's Son
Dileep Singh Rathore ... Sowar (as Dilip Singh Rathore)
Hilla Sethna ... Chandra Singh's Maidservant
R.P. Sondhi ... Prisoner
Kanwaljit Singh ... Gopal
Shanmukha Srinivas ... Hira Lal
Dalip Tahil ... Daffadar Ganesha

Tim Van Rellim ... Reverent Matthias
Rajesh Vivek ... Priest
Amin ... Thugs
Akbar Bakshi ... Thugs
Ramesh Goyal ... Thugs
Shyam Kaushal ... Thugs (as Kaushal)
Haroon Khan ... Thugs
Nileish Malhotra ... Thugs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manmauji ... Ferryman

Directed by
Nicholas Meyer 
Writing credits
John Masters (novel)

Michael Hirst (screenplay)

Produced by
Leon Falk .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Tim Van Rellim .... co-producer
Michael White .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Scott 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally 
Film Editing by
Richard Trevor 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Art Direction by
Franco Fumagalli  (as Gianfranco Fumagalli)
Ram Yedekar 
Costume Design by
Jenny Beavan 
John Bright 
Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... makeup assistant
Gordon Kay .... makeup artist
Vera Mitchell .... chief hair stylist
Mariam Samuel .... hairdresser assistant
Mustaque Sheikh .... makeup assistant
Mussa Sohlaee .... hairdresser assistant
Lisa Tomblin .... hair stylist
Production Management
Deepak Nayar .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... first assistant director
Marcia Gay .... second assistant director
Nayeem Hafizka .... third assistant director
Shah Jehan .... first assistant director
Rakesh Mehra .... second assistant director
Alex Rooks .... crowd co-ordinator
M.R. Shahjahan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Letitzia Adam .... set dresser
Sunil Chhabra .... property master
Kishor Dang .... assistant property master
Agnes Fernandes .... properties buyer
Agnes Goveas .... prop buyer
Agnes Goveas .... set dresser
Giles Masters .... assistant art director
Pradip Redij .... construction manager
Harveer Singh .... props
Raffaele Vincenti .... property master
Sound Department
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Dileep Subramanian .... sound assistant (as Dilip Subramanium)
Robert Taylor .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Dave Eltham .... special effects technician
Brian Smithies .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mukul Abhyankar .... still photographer
Mikki Ansin .... still photographer
Jim Boorer .... camera grip
Denise Brassard .... clapper loader
Arish Fyzee .... clapper loader
Tony Garrett .... focus puller
Rajesh Joshi .... camera operator: second unit
Gyanchand Rikki .... camera grip
Tony Woodcock .... camera operator
Casting Department
Jennifer Jaffrey .... casting: India
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lovleen Bains .... costume coordinator (as Loveleen Baines)
Steve Hubbard .... wardrobe supervisor
William Pierce .... costumes: uniforms
Editorial Department
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Bradley .... liaison: London
Sue Field .... script supervisor
Denny Martin Flinn .... choreographer
Dominic Fysh .... assistant to director
Pauline Hume .... graphic artist: titles
Alex Matcham .... production accountant
Vans Pradeep Singh Rathore .... location assistant
Dileep Singh Rathore .... production coordinator
Luca Ward .... voice dubbing: Pierce Brosnan
Natasha Wellesley .... production assistant

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102 min
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First film of producer Ismail Merchant which was not directed by partner and director James Ivory. The movie was directed by Nicholas Meyer.See more »
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) (V)See more »


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Thugs and Thuggees, 16 March 2002
Author: artzau from Sacramento, CA

Our English word 'thug' comes from a Hindi word, 'thag,' as we often see it transliterated as 'thuggee.' The thuggees were a secret cult of assassins/robbers who preyed on wealthy travelers, usually in the months of October. It was (or still is, as some claim) an ancient order which preceded the Islamic invasion of India and which also included Muslims in its ranks. The thuggees worshiped Kali, the consort of Shiva, (or Siva) the destroyer, one of the three gods in the Hindu Trimurti or trinity (the other two being Brahmin and Vishnu). This film which is based on a fictional account of a British officer who inflitrates the cult by disguising himself as a thuggee and eventually comes to be the one who destroy it. The allusion to being based on real life events, of course, adds to the mystery and allure of this film's exotic setting. A young pre-James Bond Pierce Brosnan is the central character and is aided by the Indian veteran character actor, Saeed Jaffery. Add to that, the presence of Australian actor, Keith Michell, his attractive daughter, Helena, a face frequently seen as a supporting actor, David Robb, as the Gentleman cad, and a large cast of Indian actors that are seen in Indian films, and you have the cast. The scenery is most interesting as it was shot on location in India and shows the countryside not as a jungle, as many think of India. Historically, the East India Company which was exploiting the natural resources of India for their own colonial interests, was underwritten by the English government and the British Army was providing the administrative services. The story of this film, based on the investigations of the colonial administrator, Sir. W.H. Sleeman who eventually uprooted the Thuggee cult, took place before the Sepoy uprising in the 1840's.

This is not a bad film and maintains high level of tension. I found it entertaining and interesting and recommend it.

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