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17 December 1999 (UK) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Greta Scacchi ... Lily MacIntosh

Madhur Jaffrey ... Cotton Mary

James Wilby ... John MacIntosh
Sarah Badel ... Mrs Evans
Riju Bajaj ... Mugs
Gerson Da Cunha ... Doctor Correa

Joanna David ... Mrs Smythe

Neena Gupta ... Blossom (Mary's sister)

Sakina Jaffrey ... Rosie

Gemma Jones ... Mrs Freda Davids
Firdausi Jussawalla ... Mr. Panamal
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ... Matron
Nadira ... Mattie
Prayag Raj ... Abraham (as Prayag Raaj)

Captain Raju ... Inspector Ramiji Raj
Shobha Vijay ... Ayah 2

Veerendra Saxena ... Joseph (as Virendra Saxena)

Surekha Sikri ... Gwen
Laura Lumley ... Theresa MacIntosh
Matteo Piero Mantegazza ... Baba
Olivia Caesar ... Baba

Kukku Parameshwaram ... Nurse 1 (as Cuckoo Parameswaran)
Beena Manoj ... Nurse 2
Maggie Arthasery ... Nurse 3
Arshia Rafique ... Mira
Vinnie D'Souza ... Guitar player
Chinappa ... Tea Worker
Ashok Koshy ... Tea Worker
Shirly Somasundaram ... Ayah 1
Jaya George ... Ayah 3

Philip Tabor ... Henry Campbell-Jones

Luke Jones ... Charlie

Susan Malick ... Bunny Rogers
Hamza ... Fisherman
Poornima Mohan ... Receptionist
Caroline Charlety ... Stylist
Ranjani Haridas ... Stylist
Gayatri Krishnan ... Stylist
Txuku Iriarte Solana ... Sylvie D'Costa

Directed by
Ismail Merchant 
Madhur Jaffrey (co-director)
Writing credits
Alexandra Viets (written by)

Produced by
Rahila Bootwala .... associate producer
Paul Bradley .... executive producer
Gil Donaldson .... associate producer
Nayeem Hafizka .... producer
Richard Hawley .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
Film Editing by
John David Allen 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Alison Riva 
Art Direction by
Charmian Adams 
Suresh Sawant (co-art director)
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Lori Ann Baker .... hair stylist
Lori Ann Baker .... makeup artist (as Lori Baker)
Alexis Fernandez .... assistant hair stylist
Martina Kohl .... hair stylist
Martina Kohl .... key makeup artist
Production Management
John P. Adams .... production manager
Abel Monem .... production in-charge: France
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rizwan Chowhan .... third assistant director
Richard Hawley .... first assistant director
Luke Jones .... third assistant director
Simon V. Kurian .... first assistant director
Suraj Varma .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sadanand Bhikaji .... carpenter
Amar Dogra .... property master
Barbara Herman-Skelding .... property buyer: England
Mandar Karmarkar .... standby props
Anant Ladge .... carpenter
Joseph Nellikkal .... property assistant (as Joseph Nellickal)
Balkrishna Palkar .... construction assistant
Ashok Panchal .... carpenter
Gajanan Panchal .... carpenter (as Gajanand Panchal)
R.D. Pawar .... painter
Ashok Raut .... carpenter
Dinkar Sawant .... painter
Suresh Sawant .... construction manager
Shahji .... property buyer: India
Rony Thomas .... art department assistant
Abdul Vaid .... carpenter
Debbie Wilson .... property buyer: England (as Deborah Wilson)
Sound Department
Natalie Bayford .... sound assistant
Giovanni Di Simone .... sound
Jamie Graham .... sound trainee
Nina Hartstone .... dialogue editor
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer
Nigel Mills .... supervising sound editor
Richard Pryke .... re-recording mixer
Steve Sollars .... boom operator (as Steven Sollars)
Robin Whittaker .... foley editor (as Robin Quinn)
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... optical cameraman
Pat Wong .... digital compositor
John Swinnerton .... compositor: Peerless Camera Company (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Abraham .... gaffer
Maqsood Ali .... electrical grip
Giri Anchan .... dolly grip
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... assistant camera: second unit
Enbadas .... electrical grip
Rambali Mishra .... electrical grip
Sanjay Mishra .... electrical grip
A. Natarajan .... electrical grip
Jake Polonsky .... camera operator
Vishnu Rao .... second assistant camera
Raj Rikhi .... third camera assistant
Gyanchand Rikki .... best boy: A.C. (as Gyanchand Rikhi)
Seth Rubin .... still photographer
Janardhan Rumde .... electrical grip
Bhagwat Satkar .... electrical grip
Jean-Pierre Supe .... first assistant camera
Maruti Thakur .... electrical grip
Mukesh Waghela .... electrical grip
Mannilal Waghla .... key grip (as Manilal Waghela)
Animation Department
Andrea Adams .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Flora Avery .... assistant costume designer
Urmilla Lal Motwani .... wardrobe supervisor
Shahnaz Vahanvaty .... associate costume designer
Shahnaz Vahanvaty .... costume designer: associate
Editorial Department
Paul Clegg .... assistant editor
Jason Costelloe .... assistant editor
Giorgio De Vincenzo .... associate editor
Jonathan Kaye .... assistant editor
Jack Tucker .... associate editor
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... music arranger (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Nick Harris .... assistant music engineer
Robert Ireland .... music editor
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
L. Subramaniam .... composer: additional music
L. Subramaniam .... musician: violin
Kirsty Whalley .... music engineer
Other crew
Siraj Bharapurwala .... production assistant
Vinaya Chandran .... production assistant
Caroline Charlety .... production assistant
Gillean Dickie .... production coordinator: UK
Amitabh Ghosh .... key production assistant
Richard Hawley .... North American Distribution Executive
Karim Kadi .... production assistant (as Karim Kazi)
Faiza Khan .... production assistant
Sunil Kirparam .... production controller
Mahadev Mhaske .... production assistant
Zoe Morgan .... script supervisor
V.P. Sajimon .... production assistant
Parthiban Shanmugam .... production assistant
Marla Shelton .... production coordinator: New York
Wahid Chowhan .... thanks
K.E. Ismail .... thanks: Minister of Revenue, Govt. of Kerala
V.P. Joy .... thanks: District Collector of Ernakulam
K.J. Sohan .... thanks

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality
124 min
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Revealing mistakes: 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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Masters Of Mood ..., 31 October 2004
Author: wob wobelix from amsterdam

Thank Goodness Merchant and Ivory share some stuff.

They are both masters of creating an intoxicating atmosphere ! The scenery of their movies are always breathtakingly beautiful. 'Cotton Mary' is no exception.

And Ismael Merchant lured a leading lady into his picture that is even more gorgeous than all the scenery of the Merchant-Ivory films (in which she has shined so often) combined. Besides that, Greta Scacchi is an astonishing actress, and so she is again in this film. So fragile yet so present, what an enormous accomplishment !! Her performance alone deserves a (re)viewing of this film.

The other principal actors give us very nice portrayals too.


Somehow Merchant does not seem to be able to capture the excitement his partner Ivory finds so easily. Somehow this beautiful picture with good performances and a stunning Scacchi refuses to really fly after taking off nicely.

The film is not as bad as some would like you to believe, far from it. Imagery and acting and the technical side of filming, together with the beautiful scenery, will make 'Cotton Mary' an agreable pastime for 2 hours.

But surely it could have been so much more with all the talent and beauty assembled ? It was nice, where it could have been great. If the characters would have been given a bit more depth, this would have been a stunning film, instead of the nice one it is now...

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