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Staying On (1980)

A british colonel and his wife decide to remain in India after the departure of the British raj in the 1940s.


Silvio Narizzano


Julian Mitchell (adaptation), Paul Scott (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Col. Tusker Smalley
Celia Johnson ... Lucy Smalley
Saeed Jaffrey ... Frankie Bhoolabhoy
Pearl Padamsee ... Mrs Bhoolabhoy
Fida Bai Fida Bai ... Minnie
Zia Mohyeddin ... Ibrahim
Ajit Saldanha Ajit Saldanha ... Joseph
Habib Tanvir Habib Tanvir ... Dr Mitra
Raj Bharti Raj Bharti ... Colonel Tiny Menektara
Sushma Seth ... Codcod Menektara
Corina Corina ... Hot Chichanya
Rinoo Chhoi Rinoo Chhoi ... Mr Pandey
Dinoo Kotwal Dinoo Kotwal ... Prabhu
Dwarka Prashad Dwarka Prashad ... Acupuncturist
Surekha Sikri ... Susy Williams


A british colonel and his wife decide to remain in India after the departure of the British raj in the 1940s.

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Release Date:

11 May 1981 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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1.33 : 1
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Background music
14 November 2014 | by clem-alfordSee all my reviews

The history of the background music may be of interest to those interested in the production of this film. I worked with Carl Davis on the music for this movie at his home in south London to rushes sent by ITV in 1980 as well as doing the final recording in the studio and he didn't give me any credit for my Indian musical input as Carl knew nothing about Indian Ragas. There was a lot of controversy and dispute over this issue and a great deal of acrimony which led to the film being aired only once . Shame really as it was a good film based on a good story with good actors. I also worked on the other Scott novel'The Jewel in The Crown' for which George Fenton did give me credits for my Indian musical input.

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