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Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)

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The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face... See full summary »

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (story and screenplay) (as R. Prawer Jhabvala), James Ivory (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shashi Kapoor ... Sanju
Felicity Kendal ... Lizzie Buckingham
Geoffrey Kendal Geoffrey Kendal ... Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell Laura Liddell ... Mrs. Carla Buckingham
Madhur Jaffrey ... Manjula
Utpal Dutt ... Maharaja
Praveen Paul Praveen Paul ... Didi
Prayag Raj Prayag Raj ... Sharmaji (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor Pinchoo Kapoor ... Guptaji
Jim D. Tytler Jim D. Tytler ... Bobby (as Jim Tytler)
Hamid Sayani Hamid Sayani ... Headmaster's Brother
Marcus Murch Marcus Murch ... Dandy in 'The Critic'
Partap Sharma Partap Sharma ... Aslam
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Storyline

The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face of India as the old is replaced by the new, Maharajas become hotel owners, sports become more important than culture and the theater is replaced by Bolliwood movies. Based on the travels of Geoffrey Kendal with his daughter Felicity Kendal. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

December 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Shakespeare Wallah See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,378, 12 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,650, 16 November 2017
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Felicity Kendal, who plays Lizzie and Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Liddell are also mother, father and daughter in real life, and just like in the movie they actually were a traveling Shakespeare troupe in India. Their other daughter, Jennifer Kendal, plays "Mrs. Bowen" and is the real life wife of Shashi Kooper who plays Sanju. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: [Speaking to Lizzie] And when you're young, you never think. And when you're old... you're too tired to think.
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Connections

Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Dil dharke
Music by Prayag Raj (as Prayag Raaj)
Lyrics by Prayag Raj (as Prayag Raaj)
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humble beginnings
23 March 2007 | by georgioskarpouzasSee all my reviews

I have watched Merchant-Ivory productions in the cinemas of my native country and was impressed by the fine evocations of the times they presented added obviously by a considerable budget for costumes and technical apparatuses. This situation does not exist in this movie which is poorer but still very fine. The relationship between English and Indians as well the antithesis between the quality theatre and the emerging native movie industry exemplified in the the feud between the English girl and the Indian movie star vying for the heart of the male character was impressive, although being neither English or Indian I could not escape the conclusion that the English were associated with quality theatre while the Indians with popular movies and this equation obviously had a qualitative element in it. The version I saw did not contain subtitles therefore I had some difficulty apprehending the Shakeaspearian performances which are interspersed in the movie. Nevertheless it is a movie I recommend since what I like most was the general impression it conveyed.


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