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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

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A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.


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A year after the accidental death of their father, three brothers -- each suffering from depression - meet for a train trip across India. Francis, the eldest, has organized it. The brothers argue, sulk, resent each other, and fight. The youngest, Jack, estranged from his girlfriend, is attracted to one of the train's attendants. Peter has left his pregnant wife at home, and he buys a venomous snake. After a few days, Francis discloses their surprising and disconcerting destination. Amid foreign surroundings, can the brothers sort out their differences? A funeral, a meditation, a hilltop ritual, and the Bengal Lancer figure in the reconciliation. Written by <>

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$17,500,000 (estimated)

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$134,938 (USA) (28 September 2007)


$11,896,380 (USA) (22 February 2008)

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The train scenes were filmed inside a moving train traveling from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer and through the Thar desert. Nothing could be fixed to the ceiling, and filming equipment couldn't be more than a meter out of the windows. Wes Anderson and Mark Friedberg went to the Northwestern Railways company and told them they needed ten rail-cars and a locomotive, which they would redecorate entirely and then move around their railway. Northwestern Railways had never gotten such a request, and though it took a lot time and effort, it was eventually evidently granted. See more »


When Peter throws the belt at Francis in the train cabin, shaving cream is on his face. When Francis retaliates immediately after, the shaving cream is gone. See more »


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The Businessman: That's my train.
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from the Film The Goddess (1960)
Original Music by Ali Akbar Khan (as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan)
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Where's the nearest train to India?
20 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Darjeeling Limited is certainly a visually appealing movie. The rich colors of southeast Asia mesh wonderfully with Anderson's penchant for precise set-pieces, and it make the entire experience a pleasure to watch. 

As for the rest of the movie, you probably already know if you're into Wes Anderson's brand of story. The father issues, the esoteric musical choices, the slightly surreal quality of each character - it's all here. The three brothers are well-conceived, with personalities that directly influence the overall narrative and the resolution. I liked it. It's more of the same, but pleasant enough to make that seem like a minor issue.

Oh, and be sure to watch the Hotel Chevalier short before The Darjeeling Limited. It helps fill in the back-story for one of the brothers, and it's an interesting movie in it's own right.   

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