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West Is West (1987)

An Indian emigrant meets a punk rocker and a hotel owner while dodging U.S. immigration officials.


David Rathod


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashutosh Gowariker ... Vikran
Heidi Carpenter Heidi Carpenter ... Sue
Pearl Padamsee Pearl Padamsee ... Mrs. Shah
Rex Delgado Rex Delgado
Bernie Segal Bernie Segal ... Nick
Subash Rane Subash Rane ... Deepak
Robert Braun Robert Braun ... Priest
Sumati Patel Sumati Patel ... Anjail
Eric Jody Ray Eric Jody Ray ... George
Saraj D. Dhamdhara Saraj D. Dhamdhara ... Vikram's Mother
Cal Schlesinger Cal Schlesinger ... Custom's Inspector
Ron Murphy Ron Murphy ... Tweety Bird
Karen Stern Karen Stern ... Neighbor Woman
Ruth Marks Ruth Marks ... Checkout Woman
Ella Vendetta Ella Vendetta ... Lenore


An Indian emigrant meets a punk rocker and a hotel owner while dodging U.S. immigration officials.

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Release Date:

July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Länsi on länttä See more »

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Dolby (Mono)


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forgive the shoestring budget shortcomings
14 January 2011 | by Michael NeumannSee all my reviews

An ingratiating student arrives in San Francisco from Bombay, only to find his ambitions blocked at every turn: his sponsors are out of town; the University of California won't admit him; the Department of Immigration is on his heels; and the only accommodations he can afford are in a Tenderloin flop-house run by a tough, no-nonsense Indian matron out to match her new tenant with an unmarried niece. Appealing characters and an uncomplicated story make it an agreeable (if not exactly memorable) film, but there isn't much shock to video-maker David Rathod's culture shock comedy. The young hero adjusts far too quickly to his difficult circumstances, and his offbeat romance with a local garage band groupie is more convenient than convincing. An enthusiastic effort by the cast and crew can't help the film from being too modest for its own good, with Rathod's Anglo-Indian perspective showing more credibility than his urban American setting.

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