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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
Nilesh Malhotra ... Thugs (as Nileish Malhotra)
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
Sally Turner .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Vans Pradeep Singh Rathore .... location assistant
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
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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Second and final [to date, March 2015] of two filmed adaptation of a John Masters novel and the first in around thirty-two years. The last, which had also been the first ever Masters film adaption, had been Bhowani Junction (1956).See more »
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) (V)See more »


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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
bargain-basement foreign intrigue, 13 November 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

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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