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Bhowani Junction (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 1 May 1956 (USA)
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Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Sonya Levien (screenplay), Ivan Moffat (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ava Gardner ... Victoria Jones
Stewart Granger ... Col. Rodney Savage
Bill Travers ... Patrick Taylor
Abraham Sofaer ... Surabhai
Francis Matthews ... Ranjit Kasel
Marne Maitland ... Govindaswami
Peter Illing ... Ghanshyam
Edward Chapman ... Thomas Jones
Freda Jackson ... The Sandani
Lionel Jeffries ... Lt. Graham McDaniel
Alan Tilvern Alan Tilvern ... Ted Dunphy
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Storyline

The year is 1947, the British are on the verge of finally leaving India. Amongst the few who are sorry to see the British leave are the Anglo-Indians, half British and half Indian, for they are going to miss the patronage of their white cousins, the job reservations, and the important status and positions they currently hold. The British, quite frankly, do not think well of Anglo-Indians, nor do the Indians. Victoria Jones is one such Anglo-Indian, a WAC in the British Army, her father a railway engine driver, and her mom a housewife. She is close to another Anglo-Indian, Patrick Taylor, but changes her mind about him as he harbors deep hatred for the Indians. She witnesses Col. Rodney Savage instruct his soldiers to pour filthy water and garbage at the hands of untouchables on high-caste men and women who are protesting by laying down on the railway tracks to prevent trains from moving. Repulsed and shocked at this, she turns to Ranjit Singh Kassi, a Sikh, and longs to be Indian. She... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The famed novel filmed in Pakistan. 2 years in Production. Cast of Thousands. See more »


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Encruzilhada dos Destinos See more »

Filming Locations:

Pakistan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,637,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,075,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,875,000, 31 December 1956
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sabu tested for, and was nearly cast in the role of Ranjit. See more »

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When Savage is first in Taylor's office giving him orders about the trains, he says, "One of you will have to be in close touch with me at all times so that my trolley patrols do not run into unscheduled trains." He says the word "unscheduled" using the American "sk" pronunciation, but as an Englishman he would have pronounced it using the British "sh" sound. See more »

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General Ackerby: I see you're not anti-wog.
Col. Rodney Savage: I never called the Indians wogs. I never hate in the plural.
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Referenced in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

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Ava Gardner and Granger at their very Best !
19 April 2015 | by Umar Mansoor BajwaSee all my reviews

The epic "Bhowani Junction" took two years in production (1954-55) including the location shooting in Lahore, Pakistan. It is a great melodrama that circumvents the tumultuous times and events unfolding Sub-continent's partition and the socio-political upheaval associated with it.

The perplexed minds and characters of Anglo Indians filled with angst were the signs of those turbulent times as the British pack up for their home country in the aftermath of India's partition and Independence. Ava Gardner as Victoria Jones has outperformed in all facets of her central character in the movie, as she perfectly translates her persona and body language which is in complete sync with the abnormal circumstances taking new twists and turns of fate with every passing day. Stewart Granger as Col. Rodney Savage is equally superb in his majestically mature performance who takes hold of a crisis like situation on Bhowani Junction (shot on actual location of gigantic Lahore Railway station) with wisdom, sagacity and the grit to out maneuver the machinations of Hindu rebels or trouble makers. That were trying times and the British colonialists had to deal with unusual challenging situations.

The screenplay and direction by George Cukor speaks for itself and I personally feel that this gem of a movie is underrated and unfortunately did not do a roaring business on the box office, but for all the glory that was Hollywood during that golden era of cinema, Bhowani Junction presents a complete feature film coupled with cinema-scope colour production, evocative musical score composed by Miklos Rozsa,thoughtful direction, superb cast and wonderful acting skills of those classic actors of a bygone age. (Ten out of ten). A must see for serious viewers.


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