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Release Date:
5 February 1992 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Passion. Tradition. Mix It Up. See more »
Plot:
An Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fine, perceptive, very human film See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Denzel Washington ... Demetrius Williams

Sarita Choudhury ... Meena

Roshan Seth ... Jay (Meena's dad)
Sharmila Tagore ... Kinnu

Charles S. Dutton ... Tyrone Williams

Joe Seneca ... Williben Williams
Ranjit Chowdhry ... Anil
Mohan Gokhale ... Pontiac
Mohan Agashe ... Kanti Napkin

Tico Wells ... 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
Natalie Oliver-Atherton ... Alicia LeShay (as Natalie Oliver)
Karen Pinkston ... Mrs. Morgan
Willy Cobbs ... Skillet

Mira Nair ... Gossip 1

Rajika Puri ... Gossip 2
Sharon Williams ... Tadice
Cyreio Hughes ... D.J.
Stacy Swinford ... Bubba
Rick Senn ... Piggly Wiggly Checker
Jim Haffey ... White Truck Driver
Dillon Rozell Gross ... Police Officer
Larry Haggard ... Joe
E.W. Colvin ... Grandcraw
Joyce Murrah ... Lady at Lusco's
Kevin McNeil ... Clarence
Fred Matthews ... Grandaddy (as Reverend Fred Matthews)
Mahlon Bouldin ... Student
Buddy St. Amant ... Biloxi Cop
Ben Burford ... Bank Manager
Sam Sherrill ... Phinias T. Turnbull
Alix Henry Sanders ... Barber
Jerone Wiggins ... James
Sadie Carr ... Mildred
Richard Crick ... White Customer
Alix W. Sanders ... Postman
Shung Moo Joe ... Chinese Customer
Jaimini Thaker ... Kanti Bhai
Hollis Pippin ... Sylvester Artiste III
Dewey Buffington ... Evangelist
Tony McGhee ... Rapper 1
J.D. Barrett ... Rapper 2
Tre'Demond Spearman ... Rapper 3
Argentina Moore ... Rapper 4
Nora Boland ... Shop-at-Home Anchor Person 1
Patsy Garrett ... Shop-at-Home Anchor Person 2
Konga Mbandu ... Okelo
Sahira Nair ... Young Mina
Michael Wawuyo ... Soldier on Bus
Phavin Parbario ... Young Jay
Emanuel Mudara ... Young Okelo
Immaculate Byakatonda ... Okelo's Mother
Amrit Panesar ... Mrs. Bedi
Jimmy Din ... Bharat
Bonnie M. Lubega ... Teacher
Sammy E.D. Senkumba ... Taxi Driver
Mayambala Ssekasi ... Prison Captain
Joseph Olita ... Idi Amin
Muteta Wilberforce ... Soldier at Roadblock

Directed by
Mira Nair 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sooni Taraporevala 

Produced by
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... associate producer
Mitch Epstein .... co-producer
Mira Nair .... producer
Michael Nozik .... producer
Cherie Rodgers .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
L. Subramaniam 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Silvi 
 
Production Design by
Mitch Epstein 
 
Art Direction by
Jefferson Sage 
 
Set Decoration by
Jeanette Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Mustaque M. Ashrafi .... makeup artist
Maxi Michael .... additional hair stylist
Edna Sheen .... makeup artist
Kenneth Walker .... hair stylist
Gloria Belz .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Kay Toney .... additional hairstylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Chavanga .... unit manager: Uganda (as Johnny Chavanga)
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... unit production manager
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Eve Silvester .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Noga Isackson .... second assistant director
Anne Olivecrona .... second assistant director: Uganda
Dinaz Stafford .... second second assistant director
Linda Wilson .... second second assistant director
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jean-François Chavrier .... property master: Uganda
David Crank .... art director: Uganda
David Crank .... charge scenic
Jennifer DeBell .... second scenic artist
Maureen Farley .... property master
Stan Fortner .... construction assistant
Jeff Hartmann .... lead man
Mary Hilsip .... lead dresser: Uganda
Cedric Johnson .... set dresser
Fabian Mpagi Kamulu .... scenic artist: Uganda
Sam Kasirye .... construction coordinator: Uganda
Richard Kazosi .... set dresser: Uganda
John Lewis .... painter
Geoffrey Mubiru .... property assistant: Uganda
Samuel Musisi .... set dresser: Uganda
Ameeta Nanji .... set dresser
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator
Ayesha Patel .... assistant set decorator
Hemant Patel .... property production assistant
James Sebudde .... set dresser: Uganda
Tracy Heather Strain .... art department coordinator
David Weathers .... set dresser
Greg Wilkinson .... property assistant
Robert Williams .... painter
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley walker (as Marko Costanzo)
Margaret Crimmins .... supervising sound editor (as Margie Crimmins)
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Griswold .... production sound mixer
Joshua Levin .... assistant sound editor
Julie Lindner .... apprentice sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Tommy Louie .... boom operator
Sylvia Menno .... assistant sound editor
Christopher O'Donnell .... boom operator: Uganda (as Chris O'Donnell)
Mary Ellen Porto .... sound editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
 
Stunts
Dawn Cadena .... stunts
Bob Minor .... stunt coordinator
Napoleon Moore .... stunts
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
J. Suzanne Rampe .... stunts (as Suzanne Rampe)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Barry .... best boy electric: Uganda
Richard Broome .... dolly grip: Uganda
Katherine M. Butler .... second assistant camera (as Kate Butler)
Charles Byamugishi .... grip: Uganda
David Byarugaba .... electrician: Uganda
Ted Churchill .... Steadicam operator
Ray Coates .... generator operator: Uganda
Willie E. Dawkins .... fourth electric
Daniel Ehrenbard .... gaffer
Bob Frazier .... electrician
Danny Graflund .... grip
André Harris .... camera loader
John Higgins .... gaffer: Uganda unit
Birney Imes .... still photographer
Charles Kahuha Munene .... electrician: Uganda
Dan Karlok .... best boy electric
Richard C. Kerekes .... dolly grip
Chris Lombardi .... first assistant camera
Michael A. McFadden .... third grip
Lee McLemore .... grip
Paul Merwin .... electrician
Maingi Benson Ndonye .... electrician: Uganda
John Panikar .... still photographer
Daniel Pershing .... best boy grip (as Dan Pershing)
Tim Pershing .... key grip
Ahamed Sheik Omar .... electrician: Uganda
Justus Vincent 'Jacky' Tela .... grip: Uganda
Chris Thornton .... third electrician
Eric Ward .... dolly grip
Eric Wilson .... grip
Tom Zafian .... 24 frame video engineer
 
Casting Department
Judy Claman .... casting: Mississippi
Uma Da Cunha .... additional casting: Indians
Susie Figgis .... casting: London
David Kateete .... casting assistant: Uganda
Rupesh Manek .... casting assistant: Uganda
Elise Pittman .... casting assistant
Ranjeet Singh .... casting assistant: Uganda
Dinaz Stafford .... casting: Uganda
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharen Davis .... wardrobe supervisor
Ellen Lutter .... costume designer: Mississippi
Susan Lyall .... costume designer: Uganda
Winsome G. McKoy .... wardrobe shopper (as Winsome McKoy)
Rachel Namutebi .... wardrobe assistant: Uganda
Kelly O'Gurian .... costumer
Kinnari Panikar .... Indian costumes
Carolyn Greco .... assistant costume designer: Uganda (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Antje Botschen .... apprentice film editor
Preeti Chawla .... apprentice film editor
Tula Goenka .... associate film editor
Marissa Littlefield .... first assistant film editor
Tony Mottola .... color timer
Noëlle Penraat .... negative matcher
Paige M. Sibley .... second assistant film editor
Gene Zippo .... color timer
John Dowdell .... colorist (uncredited)
John Dowdell .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Marypat Plottner .... synching editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Glenn Aulepp .... music engineer
Adam Bartos .... music consultant: Mississippi
Christine Cholvin .... assistant music editor
Gary Denton .... music engineer
Ron Kalina .... musician: harmonica
James Makubuya .... musician: ugandan percussion
Andrea Marcelli .... musician: drums
Freddie Ravel .... musician: piano and synthesizers
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion
Thom Rotella .... musician: acoustic and electric guitar
Nyle Steiner .... musician: ewi
L. Subramaniam .... musicians: violin, violin synthesizers and percussions
Viji Subramaniam .... musician: vocals and tambura
Andy Summers .... musician: electric guitar
Sattar Tari .... musician: tabla
Vinod R. Venkataraman .... musician: mridangam and ghatam
Jerry Watts Jr. .... musician: bass
 
Transportation Department
Betty Sue Bell .... driver
Mike Chitbai .... transportation captain: Uganda
Glenn Evans .... driver
Ron M. Field .... driver (as Ron Field)
Reggie Gwin .... driver
David Ivie .... picture car coordinator (as David Ivy)
Moses Kajubi .... driver: Uganda
Lawrence Kalule .... driver: Uganda
Philip Kamau .... transportation coordinator: Uganda
Joseph Katongole .... driver: Uganda
Jim Lunden .... driver
Peter Mavromates .... transportation coordinator
Sammie Pulley .... driver
Larry Robinson .... driver
Tad Russell .... driver
Tom Sabavuma .... driver: Uganda
David Scharnberg .... driver
Mahmood Sentenza .... driver: Uganda
Cliff Spivey .... driver
John Bosco Tumumwesigye .... driver: Uganda
Virgil L. Ware .... driver
 
Other crew
Celeste Bartos .... invaluable support
Gloria Bremer .... coordinator: Mirabai Films
Margot Bridger .... assistant: Michael Nozik
Joseph Carasco .... location manager: Uganda
Kayla Chaillot .... craft service
Patricia Freebery .... new york city coordinator: Uganda
Rosemary Karamagi .... production secretary: Uganda
George Katamba .... production assistant: Uganda
Kenneth M. Kroll .... assistant auditor: Uganda (as Kenneth Kroll)
Hajira Majid .... production assistant
Anis Mamdani .... production executive: Uganda
Clement Mawenu .... production assistant: Uganda
Joseph Mbaziira .... production assistant: Uganda
Michael McCormick .... production auditor
Patrick McDill .... production assistant
Jennifer Meyer .... assistant: Michael Nozik
Keith Mitchell .... production assistant
Eva Monley .... production consultant: Uganda
Maida N. Morgan .... assistant location manager (as Maida Morgan)
Margo Myers .... assistant auditor (as Margo A. Myers)
Ameeta Nanji .... title illustrator
Nelson Ochieng .... production assistant: Uganda
Jimmy Odongo .... production assistant: Uganda
Patricia Rodrigue .... production assistant
Doreen Shalita .... assistant production coordinator: Uganda
Sherrill Smith .... location assistant
Madhulika Somasekhar .... assistant: Mira Nair
Buteraba Elom Tibanagwa .... nurse: Uganda
Nilita Vachani .... script supervisor
Robert Wayne Vaupel .... assistant production coordinator
Thomas Vranesich .... production coordinator
Theo Wamala .... production secretary: Uganda
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for sensuality and language
Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Demetrius' father, Williben, works as a server at a restaurant in their hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi. The location used to shoot the restaurant scenes was Lusco's, a real restaurant that has been a Greenwood institution since it was opened in 1933 by Italian immigrants. The restaurant's appearance is distinguished by its individual, curtained-off private dining booths, which are visible in the movie. As of 2006, the restaurant was still running.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: On the map during the transition between Uganda and the U.S., Albany and Syracuse are located in Vermont.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Wanderlust (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Happy Birthday To YouSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A fine, perceptive, very human film, 6 March 2005
Author: (cndiver@bluefrognet.net) from Rochester, N.Y. USA

that explores, opens up, reveals the unconscious, socially conditioned ways we limit ourselves. Because the film deals primarily with the Black and African-Indian communities, I found myself wishing that I could have seen it in a Black/Indian audience to see what the film stirred up!

This is a good film for those of you who like explosions, cool mafia hit men, and high tech because it is about real human difficulty and real courage -- not the Die Hard and Terminator fantasy versions of those virtues.

It also happens to be a very sweet, often tellingly funny love story about two believable people you will end up really liking.

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