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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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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 »


Jean: The whole thing is actually tremendously exciting. Not just getting on the plane, but getting on the plane and turning left.
Norman Cousins: Turning left?
Jean: First class. And home in time for our fortieth wedding anniversary. We haven't quite decided how to mark the occasion.
Madge Hardcastle: Perhaps a minute's silence.
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Followed by The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) See more »


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A great big hug of a film
23 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the Brits make a film well, we knock spots off the competition and the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a completely joyous example of just such a film! You can keep your Artist, Midnight in Paris. etc. etc, this is two hours of pure bliss. This is the sort of film so well directed, that no one actor is better than another, even the cameo roles are brilliantly observed. Wonderful dialogue, superb acting, one minute exceptionally funny the next, moving. Well observed characters who you feel you know! Plus the added bonus of beautiful scenery, This is the first film I have seen for ages that made me want to stay and watch it all over again - it really is just one great big hug of a film that leaves you feeling very content!

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