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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 May 2012 (USA)
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British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.



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Seven elderly Britons, for a variety of reasons, respond to an online ad and travel to Jaipur, India, where they find run-down hotel with a young, exuberant, and optimistic host. Evelyn, newly widowed, wants low-cost experience, Graham seeks a long-ago love, Douglas and Jean have lost their pension in a family investment, Muriel needs cheap hip surgery, Madge seeks a rich husband, and Norman is chasing women. India affects each in different ways, enchanting Douglas and Evelyn while driving Jean deeper into bitterness. Their host, young Sonny, has dreams but little cash or skill; he also has a girlfriend whom his mother dismisses. Stories cross and discoveries await each one. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly & Beautiful  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$737,051 (USA) (4 May 2012)


$46,377,022 (USA) (19 October 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Jean reads Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach, on whose novel These Foolish Things the film is based. Tulip Fever (2016) was filmed a few years later. See more »


When they arrive at the airport all the members of the group already have a heavy sun tan, even though they have only just arrived in India and they did not have these tans when they were in England. See more »


Mrs. Kapoor: Do I need a reason to visit my favorite son?
Sonny: No - he's at his mansion in Dehli.
Mrs. Kapoor: Alright, my second favorite!
Sonny: He went to Canada to make his fortune.
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References Top Gun (1986) See more »


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one in a million a film not to be missed
14 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was the funniest feel good film I have seen for a long time . The stars were superb and there were some fantastic unforgettable lines the audience roared with laughter throughout . If I was asked to name the best actor I would be unable to do so ,I forgot about them being actors and saw them only as the characters they were portraying . The scenery was fantastic and one could almost feel the bustle ,heat and colour of India . Film goers actually chatted to my friend and I on the way out general consensus was that no one character was better than another but i agreed with the lady who said that she would love to take sonny home with her because this character was So lovable. The film that had the same effect on me is an old one called House of Angels

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