The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Poster


The role of Peter was written with Adrien Brody specifically in mind.
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Owen Wilson's character is suspected of attempting suicide. When the film was released, Wilson pulled out of all press duties following a real-life suicide attempt.
The three brothers are named after Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Jack Nicholson.
Jack does not wear shoes at all during the film, even during scenes where you could not see his feet.
Natalie Portman traveled to Jodhpur, India, for 30 minutes of shooting, then spent 10 days exploring India.
In order to achieve a constant limp while filming, Owen Wilson placed a small lime in his shoe.
Wes Anderson said that the film was partly inspired by The River (1951). He also said he owes a debt of gratitude to Martin Scorsese for screening the film personally for him. Anderson also drew inspiration from Satyajit Ray's films and Louis Malle's Indian documentaries.
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.
Before May 2006, when he went to polish his script, Wes Anderson had never been to India.
Film debut of Amara Karan's. NOTE: While she was still being considered for the role, she received the script and discovered that Rita smokes cigarettes. She enlisted some friends to help her practice smoking. During a meeting with Wes Anderson, she casually tossed a cigarette into her mouth and started smoking, later admitting in an interview, "I am sure it must have looked really spontaneous." Anderson did not waste any time before asking her if she would come aboard.
Throughout the whole movie, no one smokes a full cigarette.
Instead of an original score, director Wes Anderson chose to borrow original music from Indian films, including some by legendary Indian director Satyajit Ray.
The film was mostly shot in the Rajasthani desert, in northwest India.
Adrien Brody remarked that during the river scene, Wes Anderson's instructions were the exact opposite of what he'd intended to do.
The three lead actors applied their own make-up each morning.
The 11 suitcases were created by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. They are decorated with giraffes, rhinoceros and antelopes designed by Eric Chase Anderson, Wes Anderson's brother. All have the initials JLW.
After completing the first draft of the script, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman visited India together to see if the fictional world they'd created meshed with the real thing. Subsequent changes were relatively minor. Much of the dialogue was excised from the later passages of the film, because Anderson wanted India's natural beauty to speak for itself.
Most of the props used on the train sets were handmade or decorated, including the entire dining room set.
Bipasha Basu rejected a role in the film, saying that she prefers to act in roles where she is not stereotyped as a typical Indian.
The film is dedicated to Satyajit Ray.
Towards the end of the film, the painted portrait on the wall of the "Bengal Lancer" compartment is of director Satyajit Ray.
Mark Friedberg based the train design partially on the 20th Century Limited, which ran from New York to Chicago from 1902-67.
The abbey towards the end of the film was originally the Maharana of Mewar's royal hunting lodge in Udaipur, built during the Rajput era. Production designer Mark Friedberg was inspired by Michael Powell's Black Narcissus (1947), which takes place at an abbey in the Himalayas.
When Patricia plays the little music box, the melody heard is of the song "Waterloo Road" by Jason Cress. Its French cover, "Les Champs-Élysées" by Joe Dassin, is the closing credits song.
"Darjeeling Limited" is also the name of a brand of tea, grown in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Anjelica Huston, Adrien Brody and Natalie Portman; and three Oscar nominees: Owen Wilson, Bill Murray and Barbet Schroeder.
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Natalie Portman: as a woman alone in a hotel room wearing a rope and with a towel wrapped around her head. In the short film Hotel Chevalier (2007) the woman is Jack's ex-girlfriend who visits Jack at the hotel where he is residing in Paris. In the film, Jack reads a diary entry to Francis and Peter about when he was with his ex-girlfriend in his hotel room and quotes,"I promise. I will never be your friend. No matter what, ever." Which he says to her in the short film.


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The house into which the dead boy is brought was supposed to be the same natural red color as the others. A villager painted the house blue between selection and the crew's return, and Wes Anderson chose to use it anyway.

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