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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 film is a "historical action adventure tale, set in pre-Raj India circa 1825" and is an "homage to Alexander Korda adventure movies", according to "Variety". 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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1988 (1989) See more »

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An unusually authentic historic reconstruction.
23 March 2005 | by cannonshotSee all my reviews

It may seem a trite point to many that this historical drama is surprisingly authentic, but I find it very refreshing after seeing so many films throw details to the wind. There are very few movies, if any dealing with Britian's famous "Honorable East India Company", but the costuming on this movie was researched very well indeed. I think this fact alone holds a lot of the appeal as a 'History' buff's movie. I couldn't imagine Pierce Brosnan's tiger hunting scene to be much more accurate, as every detail seems excellent to me, especially the uniforms of the HEIC. I think that the movie captures the mystic of India very well and is generally based on true historic events. Whatever people think of Pierce Brosnans' acting ability, this movie has very good entertainment value, apart from showing a unique side of the history of India. My close associate shot a documentary in very remote parts of India, and many of this movie's scenes look similar today, though I doubt he experienced anything quite like the 'death by elephant' scene in today's India !


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