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Before the Rains -- An Englishman intent on opening a spice plantation in Kerala attempts to gain the trust of the local villagers and destroys numerous lives in the process in this period drama from director and cinematographer Santosh Sivan.
Before the Rains -- This is the theatrical trailer for Before the Rains, directed by Santosh Sivan.


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Writers (WGA):
Cathy Rabin (screenplay)
Dan Verete (2001 film "Asphalt Zahov")
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Release Date:
23 May 2008 (USA) See more »
Passion has its price.
A English spice baron settles in South India during the waning years of the Raj. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Fighting loneliness in 1937. A Rough Road! See more (23 total) »


  (in credits order)

Linus Roache ... Henry Moores
Rahul Bose ... T. K. Neelan

Nandita Das ... Sajani

Jennifer Ehle ... Laura Moores
Leopold Benedict ... Peter Moores
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dr. Ambikathmajan ... T.K.'s Headmaster
Indrajith ... Manas
Lakshmi Krishnamurthy ... T.K.'s mom
Lal ... Rajat (as Lal Paul)

John Standing ... Charles Humphries
Thilakan ... T.K.'s Father
Ejji K. Umamahesh ... Inspector Sampath

Directed by
Santosh Sivan 
Writing credits
Cathy Rabin (screenplay)

Dan Verete (2001 film "Asphalt Zahov") (as Dany Vert)

Produced by
Mark Burton .... producer
Steven Cohen .... associate producer
Howard Frumes .... executive producer
Paul Hardart .... producer
Tom Hardart .... producer
Doug Mankoff .... producer
Pauline Piechota .... co-producer
Ashok Rao .... executive producer
Mubina Rattonsey .... co-producer
Andrew Spaulding .... producer
Jessica Stamen .... co-producer
Milind Vereker .... line producer
Jane Villiers .... executive producer
Amotz Zakai .... co-producer
Original Music by
Mark Kilian 
Cinematography by
Santosh Sivan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steven Cohen 
A. Sreekar Prasad 
Casting by
Daniel Hubbard  (as Dan Hubbard)
Production Design by
Sunil Babu 
Costume Design by
Satheesh S.B.  (as S.B. Satheesan)
Production Management
Ian Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kamal K.M. .... first assistant director (as Kamal Mohammed)
Ritesh Menon .... second second assistant director
Sound Department
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Brian Dunlop .... assistant sound editor
David Esparza .... supervising sound effects editor
Robert Jackson .... supervising dialogue editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Schwartz .... sound mixer
Leslie Shatz .... supervising sound editor
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Rachel Clement .... digital cleanup artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Alphonse Roy .... second unit photographer
Anjuli Shukla .... first assistant camera
Sojan .... loader
Casting Department
Kelly Valentine Hendry .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... high definition coordinator
Dennis Little .... digital intermediate production coordinator
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Sarah Priestnall .... production supervisor: digital intermediate
Steven Ramirez .... assistant editor
Adam Stark .... colorist
Kurt Tuffendsam .... digital intermediate project manager
Music Department
Marcus Barone .... producer: soundtrack album
Christine Bergren .... music clearances
Roman Kovalik .... assistant to composer
Jonathan Schultz .... score consultant
Matt Shelton .... music editor
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Maryann C. Contrubis .... u.s. accountant (as Maryann C. Fondulas)
J.P. Pettinato .... production consultant
Arturo Lopez Uscanga .... scanning manager
Ivan Padmachandran .... thanks
Alpita Patel .... special thanks
Vijay Venkataramanan .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for violent content and a scene of sexuality
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-13 | Singapore:PG | UK:12 | USA:PG-13
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Factual errors: biggest mistake ever. people don't speak Hindi(spoken Indian language in film) in Kerala, where the story happens. they speak Malayalam. I don't why, they made a such a mistake. Or may be its usual in Bollywood movies, invariant of any geographical location people speak Hindi. Be it Latin America or sub-Saharan Africa.See more »
[first lines]
T. K. Neelan:Sahib, we will have to change course again.
Henry Moores:This has got to be the damnedest crookedest road in the Crown!
T. K. Neelan:Oh, definitely. But it will be here after monsoon. A straight road would slide away.
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Movie Connections:
Remake of Asphalt Zahov (2000)See more »


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Fighting loneliness in 1937. A Rough Road!, 30 October 2008
Author: vitaleralphlouis from United States

Before the Rains is a beautifully made drama set in south India in 1937. An engrossing story, it shows us what India was like and awakens our interest in foreign lands. But what stuck in MY mind was the extreme difficulty of having a sexual/romantic encounter in this time and place.

Young people these days take their sex fast and casual. There is no way they can ever understand the restraints of the pre-1960 era (let alone 1937). And this was the case in India, or in the USA. With most women married well before their 18th birthday, with marriage being respected by society, with the remaining single people mostly being (obvious) born losers, non or extra marital sex was virtually impossible, and could lead to the serious and multi-complicated downfalls portrayed in this movie. Easy to say had the lovers handled things wiser or smarter their ultimate problems might have been easier. But wait, they DID handle their situation wisely......

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