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The Deceivers (1988)

Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825.

Director:

Nicholas Meyer

Writers:

John Masters (novel), Michael Hirst (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... William Savage
Shashi Kapoor ... Raja Chandra Singh
Saeed Jaffrey ... Hussein
Helena Michell Helena Michell ... Sarah Wilson
Keith Michell ... Colonel Wilson
David Robb ... George Anglesmith
Tariq Yunus ... Feringea
Jalal Agha ... The Nawab
Gary Cady Gary Cady ... Lt. Maunsell
Salim Ghouse ... Piroo
Neena Gupta ... Gopal's Wife
Nayeem Hafizka Nayeem Hafizka ... Sepoy
Bijaya Jena Bijaya Jena ... Harlot (as Bijoya Jena)
H.N. Kalla H.N. Kalla ... The Nawab Servant
Kammo Kammo ... Official
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Storyline

In 1825, India lives under fear. A mysterious religion's followers murder everyone that stands against their plans. When William Savage, a tax-collector of a British-Indian company, discovers the sect and decides to solve the mystery... Written by S.W.P.er

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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | India

Language:

English | Hindi | Sanskrit | Rajasthani

Release Date:

2 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der Ritualmorde See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,245, 5 September 1988

Gross USA:

$346,297

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$346,297
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Treat Williams and Christopher Reeve, the latter of whom had starred in Merchant Ivory Productions' earlier film The Bostonians (1984), were approached to play the lead role of English Captain William Savage, which in the end was cast with Pierce Brosnan. See more »

Goofs

The film set in 1825. Everyone carries and shoots cap lock (percussion lock) pistols ,rifles and muskets. Although percussion lock was invented about that time,but was not in widespread use until about 1840. Flintlock guns were the weapons of that era. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the introductory credits there is a note 'for my father'. See more »

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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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A nice period look and some harrowing moments.
14 January 2012 | by dave13-1See all my reviews

Pierce Brosnan looks a bit too European (and hairy-chested) to be completely convincing as a Kali-worshipper, but he gives an intrepid performance as an Englishman undercover with the Thugees, a sort of Donnie Brasco of the 1800s. The movie itself has some harrowing moments as we watch the thugs ply their killing trade, and the inevitable one-against- many showdown, coming when Pierce's ruse is revealed, is suitably tense. A lot of the drama, however is rather flat and unmemorable and the movie lags in the middle.

There is a nice period look here, though, similar to that of the Sharpe TV series, and fans of that one might find this an interesting diversion.


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