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Cotton Mary (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  17 December 1999 (UK)
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A British family is trapped between culture, tradition, and the colonial sins of the past.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lily MacIntosh
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Cotton Mary
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John MacIntosh
Sarah Badel ...
Mrs Evans
Riju Bajaj ...
Mugs
Gerson Da Cunha ...
Doctor Correa
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Mrs Smythe
Neena Gupta ...
Blossom (Mary's sister)
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Rosie
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Mrs Freda Davids
Firdausi Jussawalla ...
Mr. Panamal
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ...
Matron
Nadira ...
Mattie
Prayag Raj ...
Abraham (as Prayag Raaj)
Captain Raju ...
Inspector Ramiji Raj
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Storyline

1954, the Malabar Coast. British and Anglo-Indian identities blur when an English-woman with a neglectful husband births a sickly baby. Cotton Mary, a hospital aide and moralizing Anglophile who claims her father was a British officer, takes over the infant's care and, without a word to the mother, takes the baby daily to her sister to nurse. Mary moves into the English household, taking over more and more duties as she plays on the mother's fatigue and lack of spousal counsel: in effect, Mary colonizes the English household while she pilfers its stores and tells tall tales to her own family. For how long can Mary sustain her rule before the Englishwoman stands on her own feet? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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17 December 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Amarga Ambição  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,680 (USA) (17 March 2000)

Gross:

ESP 2,994,150 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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As Theresa is walking along with the procession she passes an Indian boy in the crowd who waves at the camera. See more »

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Features Aar-Paar (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Aar Paar
(from Guru Dutt films Aar-Paar (1954))
Performed by Geeta Dutt
Composed by O.P. Nayyar
Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri
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An Anglo-Indian nurse becomes sociopathically covetous of her British masters' lives in 1957 India
12 February 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

First of all, the worst and most misrepresentational cover art for any video, ever. The characters and fleshy situation depicted are incidental to the film.

A movie with an utterly unlikable protagonist, and no one to identify with or get behind as an audience member. It all ends up feeling as self-important as its title character. The only reason I didn't turn it off was that nothing was on television until after the tape ran out.


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