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Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)

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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Sanju
... Lizzie Buckingham
Geoffrey Kendal ... Mr. Tony Buckingham
Laura Liddell ... Mrs. Carla Buckingham
... Manjula
... Maharaja
Praveen Paul ... Didi
Prayag Raj ... Sharmaji (as Prayag Raaj)
Pinchoo Kapoor ... Guptaji
Jim D. Tytler ... Bobby (as Jim Tytler)
Hamid Sayani ... Headmaster's Brother
Marcus Murch ... Dandy in 'The Critic'
Partap Sharma ... Aslam
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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 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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December 1965 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,378, 12 November 2017, Limited Release

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$4,650, 16 November 2017
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One of nine productions that Indian actor Shashi Kapoor made with Merchant Ivory Productions. The films include Bombay Talkie (1970), Side Streets (1998), In Custody (1994), The Deceivers (1988), Heat and Dust (1983), The Householder (1963), Shakespeare-Wallah (1965), In Ismail's Custody (1994), The Wandering Company (1984). See more »

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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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Featured in Shakespeare: The Legacy (2016) See more »

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Dil dharke
Music by Prayag Raj (as Prayag Raaj)
Lyrics by Prayag Raj (as Prayag Raaj)
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English Shakespearean company tours India; Love sputters
27 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Frankly, I caught this early Merchant-Ivory flic to see Felicity Kendal in her debut movie. I was disappointed-- her cuteness works much better as a nearly 60 year old detective in the Rosemary and Thyme BBC series, than as a teen-aged actress, where it makes her just too unserious.

The movie concerns a small troupe of Shakepearean actors, some English and some Indian, but anchored by the Buckingham family, touring India to ever diminishing audiences. An Indian playboy, already involved with a Bollywood actress, sees young Lizzie Buckingham, and the usual romantic conflicts arise.

The movie has the normal pacing of a Merchant-Ivory. Black and white. For me the background bits of Indian and ex-pat life were more interesting than the movie itself. The actors playing Felicity Kendal's character's parents were her real life parents.


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