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Mississippi Masala (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  5 February 1992 (USA)
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families... See full summary »

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Jay (Meena's dad)
Sharmila Tagore ...
Kinnu
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Tyrone Williams
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Williben Williams
Ranjit Chowdhry ...
Anil
Mohan Gokhale ...
Pontiac
Mohan Agashe ...
Kanti Napkin
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Dexter Williams
Yvette Hawkins ...
Aunt Rose
Anjan Srivastav ...
Jammubhai (as Anjan Srivastava)
Dipti Suthar ...
Chanda (Anil's wife)
Varsha Thaker ...
Kusumben
Ashok Lath ...
Harry Patel
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An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Passion. Tradition. Mix It Up. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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5 February 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mississipi Masala  »

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$7,310,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Olita, who plays Idi Amin, also played him in Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981). See more »

Goofs

When the family is leaving on the bus to the airport, there is a parrot on Okelo's shoulder. In the close-up of Okelo, the parrot is missing. See more »

Quotes

Jammubhai: I'm ashamed of you! I am so ashamed of you!
Anil: [referring to Meena's family] Why do you always take their side? I worked hard for this motel and I am *not* running a charity!
Jammubhai: Anil, you have become American.
Anil: So what? I'm living in America! You don't like it? Then go back to India!
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The following appears at the end of the credits: Hakuna Matata "No Problem", in Kiswahili See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2012 (2012) See more »

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Yancey Special
Performed by Pinetop Perkins
Written by Meade 'Lux' Lewis (as Meade Lux Lewis) & Randy Razaf
Courtesy of Blind Pig Records
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Gets even better with age
28 February 1999 | by (Westbrook, ME) – See all my reviews

In a very dignified and low-key kind of way, this movie speaks to the issues of racism and clashing cultures far better than any of the Spike Lee movies I have seen does. I think it's because it looks at racism not from the traditional perspective of white/black, but a slightly different perspective of colored/black. Also, what makes this movie really fly is that you really like the lead characters... you care about them and want them to be happy in the end. I haven't had that reaction to any Spike Lee movie characters yet.

In short, this movie doesn't come at you as "I'm a preachy race relations movie" but rather as a sweet love story that gets waylaid by issues of race and color in a believable way.

I saw this movie for the first time when it came out in 1991, and thought it was good. I saw it again last night (1998) and like a fine wine or cheese it's getting even better with age.

If only Spike Lee would watch this and try to learn something from it... this movie has a lot to say and says it well.


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