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The Mystic Masseur -- In 1950s Trinidad, a frustrated writer supports himself as a masseur--and soon becomes a revered mystic and politico.
The Mystic Masseur -- In 1950s Trinidad, a frustrated writer supports himself as a masseur--and soon becomes a revered mystic and politico.


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V.S. Naipaul (novel)
Caryl Phillips (screenplay)
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  (in credits order)

Om Puri ... Ramlogan

Aasif Mandvi ... Ganesh Ramseyor

Ayesha Dharker ... Leela G. Ramseyor

Jimi Mistry ... Pratap Cooper

Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Beharry
Zohra Segal ... Auntie

Sakina Jaffrey ... Suruj Mooma

Rez Kempton ... Basdeo

Pip Torrens ... Governor
Albert Laveau ... Headmaster
Grace Maharaj ... Mrs. Cooper

James Fox ... Mr. Stewart
Michael Cherrie ... Man in yellow suit
Maureen Thompson ... Woman in rainbow dress
Dinesh Maharaj ... Taxi driver
David Sammy ... Bissoon
Eddie Yearwood ... Postman
Danesh Khan ... Young Pratap Cooper
Lisa Bissoon ... Wedding Singer
Ria Soodeen ... Wedding Dancer (as Rhea Suedeen)
Michael Jogee ... Kedgeree crowd
Sunil Maharaj ... Kedgeree crowd
Shiraz Mohammed ... Kedgeree crowd
Anthony Harry Paulsingh ... Kedgeree crowd
Rajendra Rastogi ... Kedgeree crowd
Hanskumar Seecharan ... Kedgeree crowd
Sanjeev Boodhu ... Suruj
Lystra Francis ... Mother
Sara-Anne Chow-Quan ... Girl

Patti-Anne Ali ... Soomintra (as Patti-Anne Ali-Clarke)
Royce Francis-Lau ... Birdman
Glenda Constantine Jobity ... Woman who can't eat
Nirad Tewarie ... Lover boy
Risa A. Williams ... Lover boy's girl
Keith Hazare Imambaksh ... Pandit Narayan Chandrashekhar / Cyrus T.
Alfred McClatchie ... Defendant
Mitra Maharaj ... Plaintiff
Shastri Maharaj ... Husband
Deborah Maillard ... Wife
Wayne Shockness ... Chief treasurer
Marie Kavangh ... Governor's wife
Edisson Baptiste ... String quartet member
Francis Pau ... String quartet member
Andre Comeau ... String quartet member
Liana Jaye Williams ... String quartet member
George 'Umbala' Joseph ... Man with Monocle
Jonathon Ali ... Servant
Avery Seaton ... Man with monocle
Ryan Ragoonath ... Striking heckler
Ravin Ramkissoon ... Striking heckler
Kelly Neese ... BBC Cameraman
Ben Spencer ... BBC Reporter
Kieron Quirke ... Oxford Pub Pianist
Unni Karunakara ... Oxford Student at Magdalen College Library / Catte Street Cyclist

Directed by
Ismail Merchant 
Writing credits
V.S. Naipaul (novel)

Caryl Phillips (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Bradley .... executive producer
George Darley-Doran .... associate producer
Lawrence Duprey .... executive producer
Nayeem Hafizka .... producer
Richard Hawley .... producer
Anthony Maharaj .... associate producer
Pritish Nandy .... producer
Rangita Pritish Nandy .... executive producer (as Pritish Nandy)
Original Music by
Zakir Hussain 
Richard Robbins 
Cinematography by
Ernest Vincze  (as Ernie Vincze)
Film Editing by
Roberto Silvi 
Production Design by
Lucy Richardson 
Set Decoration by
Marina Morris 
Costume Design by
Michael O'Connor 
Makeup Department
Penny Smith .... hair styles supervisor
Penny Smith .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
John P. Adams .... production manager: Trinidad unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Blackbourne .... assistant director
Vincent G. Gonzales .... assistant director: Trinidad (as Vincent Gonzales)
Gary Granger .... assistant director
Asha Lovelace .... assistant director: New York
Parthiban Shanmugam .... trainee assistant director
Ben Spencer .... second assistant director: Trinidad
Suraj Varma .... second assistant director: Trinidad
Art Department
David O'Williams .... props transport
Lee Sandales .... production buyer
Nick Turnbull .... property master
Sound Department
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor: New York (as Bob Hein)
Anthony McLetchie .... sound utility: Trinidad
Sylvia Menno .... adr editor
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Kelly Neese .... boom operator: Trinidad
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Peter Schneider .... sound mixer: Trinidad
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Akil Wilson .... sound intern
Visual Effects by
Keith Yurevitz .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Aaron Anawalt .... grip
Kelly Mason .... camera operator
G. Monic Kumar .... first assistant camera
Micky Reeves .... gaffer
Zalfa Shammas .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shahnaz Vahanvaty .... associate costume designer
Editorial Department
Laurie Butler .... associate editor: New York
Pierre Proner .... assistant editor: New York
Tim Sternberg .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
George Brooks .... music coordinator
George Brooks .... musician: saxophones
Karl Eckhardt .... musician: bass guitar
Zakir Hussain .... musician: percussion
Ashish Khan .... musician: sarod (as Aashish Khan)
Karl Perazzo .... musician: percussion
Philip Scher .... music researcher
Benjamin Simon .... conductor
Liam Teague .... musician: steel drum
Other crew
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe .... legal services
Rahila Bootwala .... production controller
Nasheed Qamar Faruqi .... assistant production coordinator (as Nasheed Faruqi)
Katie Harlow .... script supervisor
Abel Monem .... assistant to the director
Mary P. Murphy .... production coordinator
Ben Rimmer .... location manager
Ayca Sadikoglu .... office coordinator: New York
Ben Spencer .... location manager: Trinidad
François Vila .... press agent
Kai Wong .... assistant to producer

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Rated PG for mild language
117 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:PG | USA:PG

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A story of Trinidad, not mysticism or massage, 6 July 2005
Author: GrunterGrimm from Victoria, Canada

It's not likely this movie will appeal to anyone but Merchant-Ivory devotees, Trinidadians or people who lived in Trinidad during the era depicted by the movie, V. S. Naipaul fans, mystics, or massage practitioners. And it's possible you're a V. S. Naipaul fan because he's a Trinidad success story himself. I grew up in pre-Independence Trinidad for a few years as a small boy around the time the story takes place and have a memory of its spectacular scenery and lush interior flatlands, tablelands and mountains, its towns and villages and seashores and eccentric stew of ethnic inhabitants. Later when my family returned in the late 60's we revisited the land of our youth to find many changes, not least in the change in attitude of blacks towards whites. After one summer there again as a teenager, my father sent my brother and I back to school in Canada each with a copy of a V. S. Naipaul novel. I got "Miguel Street" and was glad of it, although I never read my brother's copy of "A House for Mr. Biswas". I do know, however, that Naipaul has captured the essence of Trinidadian "wannabee-ism", and yearning for national independence, in "The Mystic Masseur". I rented this movie because I lived in Trinidad, but might have bypassed it if not for the Merchant-Ivory production. I was not surprised to note a wild assortment of "Trinidadian" accents, although the writers nailed the twisted colloquialisms, sort of like, "She took de ice-cold box of chicken breast and put it under she nylon dress." I recall the outdoor kitchens, and the dusty, flyblown stores of the rural areas denoted in the movie. I recall the taxis, which were privately-owned vehicles travelling established routes picking up and letting people off where they wanted. A glaring oversight is the lack of deployed mosquito-netting in the bedrooms - and no one slaps away the relentless onslaught of mosquitoes and no-see-ums at any time. The movie and novel do carefully depict the credulous, deceptive, argumentative, insulting behaviour of the uneducated, rural and poor folk. The acting, apart from the accents, is done enthusiastically by the Asian players, with James Fox bringing some Merchant-Ivory to the role of a crazy, old, English sadhu. So, this movie will seem slow and boring to people who don't know Trinidad either from Naipaul or from having lived there during the era the movie depicts, and I'm afraid that while it's a lovely movie to look at, and fairly authentic in it's depiction of rural Trinidadian life, I suppose, it's a slow-moving piece of obscure nostalgia.

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