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Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 August 1955 (India)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Director:

Satyajit Ray

Writers:

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay (novel), Satyajit Ray (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kanu Bannerjee Kanu Bannerjee ... Harihar Ray (as Kanu Bandyopadhyay)
Karuna Bannerjee ... Sarbojaya Ray (as Karuna Bandopadhyay)
Chunibala Devi Chunibala Devi ... Indir Thakrun
Uma Das Gupta ... Durga (as Uma Dasgupta)
Subir Banerjee ... Apu Ray (as Subir Bandopadhyay)
Runki Banerjee Runki Banerjee ... Little Durga (as Runki Bandopadhyay)
Reba Devi Reba Devi ... Seja Thakrun
Aparna Devi Aparna Devi ... Nilmoni's wife
Tulsi Chakraborty ... Prasanna, school teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haren Banerjee Haren Banerjee ... Chinibas, Sweet-seller (as Haren Bandyopadhyay)
Rampada Das Rampada Das
Nibhanani Devi Nibhanani Devi ... Dasi Thakurun
Rama Gangopadhaya Rama Gangopadhaya ... Ranu Mookerjee
Roma Ganguli Roma Ganguli ... Roma (as Rama Gangopadhyay)
Binoy Mukherjee Binoy Mukherjee ... Baidyanath Majumdar (as Binoy Mukhopadhyay)
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Storyline

The story of a young boy, Apu, and life in his small Indian village. His parents are quite poor - his father Harihar, a writer and poet, gave away the family's fruit orchard to settle his brother's debts. His sister Durga and an old aunt also still lives with them. His mother Sarbojaya bears the brunt of the family's situation. She scrapes by and sells her personal possessions to put food on the table and has to bear the taunts of her neighbors as Durga is always stealing fruit from their orchard. Things get worse when Harihar disappears for five months and Durga falls ill. Even after Harihar returns, the family is left with few alternatives. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

The Saga of an Indian Family

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Satyajit Ray first became involved with Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's source novel in 1945 when he was commissioned to illustrate a children's edition of the book. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is set in early 20th Century rural India (a time in which public health campaigns presumably did not exist), when Apu and Durga are shown hiding in the fields waiting to catch a glimpse of the train, a vaccination mark is clearly visible on the right arm of Uma Das Gupta, who portrays Durga. See more »

Quotes

Indir Thakrun: What's going on? What's going on here? Huh? What's the matter? What's going on? Sarbajaya, what is it?
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Connections

Referenced in Degrassi: The Next Generation: Don't Dream It's Over (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

It's A Long Way to Tipperary
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Played by the band
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What a story!
18 July 2005 | by infoseeker531See all my reviews

I have just finished Pather Panchali. To be honest, it took almost two weeks to watch it. Not only interruptions, but the shear poverty of the individuals--the family--is overwhelming. Each member exhibits their poverty and destitution in a different way. My favorite character is Durga, who gives and gives until she reaches the point where she is tired of not receiving.

I will forever remember this movie, and I hope to watch the other two parts of the trilogy.

I have to have this film in my collection. Movies that make you think and think again, and search your heart for answers that sometimes never come.


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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

26 August 1955 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Pather Panchali: Song of the Little Road See more »

Filming Locations:

Boral, West Bengal, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,064, 10 May 2015

Gross USA:

$134,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,342
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (within Bengal)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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