MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,263 this week

Cotton Mary (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  17 December 1999 (UK)
5.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 421 users   Metascore: 52/100
Reviews: 12 user | 28 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

A British family is trapped between culture, tradition, and the colonial sins of the past.

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2444 titles
created 28 Jun 2011
 
a list of 364 titles
created 04 Oct 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 27 Jul 2012
 
a list of 9989 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
 
a list of 51 titles
created 02 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Cotton Mary" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Cotton Mary (1999)

Cotton Mary (1999) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Cotton Mary.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Eleanor lives with the artist Stash. Just like his artist friends, he is completely unknown but is waiting for the big break. Stash is mean to her and finally she leaves him. Ironically, ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard, Chris Sarandon
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Gwyneth Paltrow
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Boston feminist and a conservative Southern lawyer contend for the heart and mind of a beautiful and bright girl unsure of her future.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

England, 1904. A young lawyer from London, Mr. Ashton (James Wilby) and his best friend are hiking across Dartmoor. As he twisted his ankle, Ashton is forced to seek help at a nearby ... See full summary »

Director: Piers Haggard
Stars: Imogen Stubbs, James Wilby, Susannah York
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Uma Thurman, Jeremy Northam, Kate Beckinsale
Country Life (1994)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Adaptation of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" set in rural Australia in the 1920's. Jack Dickens and his niece Sally run the family farm to support brother-in-law Alexander as a (supposedly ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blakemore
Stars: Sam Neill, Greta Scacchi, John Hargreaves
Ladies Room II (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In an ethereal, high-ceilinged room, women stand, waiting. Perhaps it's Purgatory and they're dead. In the room, two young women, one an actress and the other a psychologist, watch the last... See full summary »

Director: Gabriella Cristiani
Stars: Molly Parker, Veronica Ferres, Lorraine Bracco
Heat and Dust (1983)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Cazenove
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Anne Baxter, Robert Powell, Michael Wager
Sex Crazy (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
Director: Javier Rebollo
Stars: Jordi Vilches, Karra Elejalde, Inma del Moral
Heroes (TV Movie 2013)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.8/10 X  

On 21. September 2013, telecommunications satellite APV-1312 belonging to French media group CanalDouble crashes into the Brandenburg Gate, cutting a trail of destruction as far as the ... See full summary »

Director: Hansjörg Thurn
Stars: Christiane Paul, Hannes Jaenicke, Emilia Schüle
Turtle Beach (1992)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Reporter Judith Wilkes leaves her husband and two sons in Sydney and goes to Malaysia to cover the story of the Vietnamese boat people. She becomes romantically involved with Kanan, and ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Wallace
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Joan Chen, Jack Thompson
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

17 December 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Amarga Ambição  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

ESP 2,994,150 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

As Theresa is walking along with the procession she passes an Indian boy in the crowd who waves at the camera. See more »

Connections

Features Aar-Paar (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Sandman
Composed by Pat Ballard
© Edwin H. Morris & Co Inc
used by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Profile of a racially mixed Indian community.
11 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen Cotton Mary two or three times and I recommend it to my friends both Indian and American who have an interest in well directed and acted movies and who have an understanding of complex social issues around the world. Cotton Mary is an example of such a movie and it will stand as one of the best dealing with the subject of social class distinctions.As we know, the Merchant-Ivory team almost always makes excellent movies on historical and social issues and Cotton Mary is no exception.

What one learns from this almost factual story is that people of mixed English and Indian race in India are shunned by the former because they are colored and by the caste Hindus as being the product of unclean union. Hindus may show outward respect for the English but in truth the English are viewed as meat eating,promiscuous out castes not fit for marriage or intimate relations. This aspect was not shown in this film although English contempt for the Anglo-Indian was clearly illustrated. The third part of the equation, namely the Anglo-Indian,tried hard to assimilate English ways perhaps for reasons of economic advancement in British India and tried to assume superiority over the Indian not realizing that their English ancestry was no advantage in India or England. I am sure at least some members of the current Anglo-Indian community in India would feel resentment when they view this film as it shows them in a bad light which they may disagree with but nevertheless is true. Another movie on the subject, Bhowani Junction,shows Ava Gardner as the Anglo-Indian suffering rejection in India. Madhur Jaffry's role as well as that of her daughter,Sakina Jaffry were exemplary but that of Greta Scacchi was lukewarm and unconvincing. On the whole it is one of Merchant's best movies.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The 'Abraham' half song...half dance aprovost-1
Discuss Cotton Mary (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?