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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

Gross USA:

$346,297
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The movie features a cult known as the "Thuggees". The Wikipedia website define them as "an organized gang of professional assassins" while show-business trade-paper "Variety" defined them as "a centuries-old, pan-Indian brotherhood of evildoers who worship Kali, the goddess of destruction." "The Thuggees" are also known as "thugs", "tuggees", and "deceivers". 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 »

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

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bargain-basement foreign intrigue
13 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Although it displays the usually reliable Merchant-Ivory production banner this tale of high adventure and skullduggery in British India is only a routine B movie with exotic pretensions. The background is historically factual, drawn around the ritual murders committed by a secret religious cult of so-called 'Thuggees' (from which the word 'thug' was later derived). But the far-fetched story of a British soldier infiltrating their ranks and losing himself in a netherworld of violence and vices is, at best, contrived, even by the lowest standards of romantic fiction. The idea might have looked better on paper, before its artistic and commercial potential was crippled by a lackluster, coincidence-filled script and a star performance that drains the hero of any charisma. Director Nicholas Meyer tries to convey the allure of an ancient culture, but the film doesn't have enough style to camouflage its slapdash lack of substance, and the token gestures to period flavor and atmosphere don't extend beyond the costume design and some cut-rate esoteric mysticism. When, for example, hero Pierce Brosnan is seduced by a mysterious native girl, their shadows on the wall show him embraced by the six-armed Thuggee goddess Kali… (cue the ominous tabla music)


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