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Cotton Mary (1999)

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

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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
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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)
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Inspector Ramiji Raj
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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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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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A házvezetőnő  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$299,351 (USA) (20 October 2000)
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1.85 : 1
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Features Aar-Paar (1954) See more »

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Mr. Sandman
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Unrealistic and absolute rubbish
14 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is an absolute pathetic excuse of a film. It acts to paint Anglo-Indians (Indians with a mix of British and Indian ancestry) in a bad light. A film that goes on negative stereotypes and incorrect ones I may add is not worth a watch. Madhur Jaffrey plays an idiotic and pretend Anglo-Indian person with such distaste that she does not deserve to be on a screen. Sadly she also had a hand in making this terrible mess of a movie.

Anglo-Indians in reality are nothing like they are portrayed in the film. Madhur Jaffrey has an inferiority complex about who she is and what she represents. Which is a shame really because the Indian race is a great race that should be very proud of a nation that is culturally diverse and beautiful. Anglo-Indians and Indians of all cultures are proud to call it home. The only biased ones who feel inferior are people like Madhur Jaffrey who made and acted in this atrocity. She should be ashamed for making such an untrue abomination of a film.

Funnily enough her vanity made her cast herself as the Anglo-Indian Cotton Mary. She looked and acted nothing like an Anglo-Indian. They should have changed the name to Chutney Mary.


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