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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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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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British Cinema at its Best
3 March 2012 | by (Birmingham) – See all my reviews

British Cinema at its best. A movie that appeals to a mature audience in very single manner. From the start till the end, the film is one amazing journey of cultures, harmony and understanding our ever changing world. As recently been to India myself, I know exactly the words 'Everything will be alright in the end' That is positive Indian mentality you will find on the streets of India and in the hearts of every ambitious Indian.

Watched this film with my dad and we both thoroughly enjoyed this film so much. It is always nice to watch a film that stays with you till the end. Maybe we British know the country we ruled for many years better than any other country out there.

And to repeat British Cinema at its finest.

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