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Cotton Mary ()


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A British family is trapped between culture, tradition, and the colonial sins of the past.

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Lily MacIntosh
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Cotton Mary
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John MacIntosh
Sarah Badel ...
Mrs Evans
Riju Bajaj ...
Mugs
Gerson Da Cunha ...
Doctor Correa
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Mrs Smythe
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Blossom (Mary's sister)
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Rosie
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Mrs Freda Davids
Firdausi Jussawalla ...
Mr. Panamal
Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ...
Matron
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Mattie
Prayag Raj ...
Abraham (as Prayag Raaj)
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Inspector Ramiji Raj
Shobha Vijay ...
Ayah 2
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Joseph
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Gwen
Laura Lumley ...
Theresa MacIntosh
Matteo Piero Mantegazza ...
Baba
Olivia Caesar ...
Baba
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Nurse 1 (as Cuckoo Parameswaran)
Beena Manoj ...
Nurse 2
Maggie Arthasery ...
Nurse 3
Arshia Rafique ...
Mira
Vinnie D'Souza ...
Guitar player
Chinappa ...
Tea Worker
Ashok Koshy ...
Tea Worker
Shirly Somasundaram ...
Ayah 1
Jaya George ...
Ayah 3
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Henry Campbell-Jones
Luke Jones ...
Charlie
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Bunny Rogers
Hamza ...
Fisherman
Poornima Mohan ...
Receptionist
Caroline Charlety ...
Stylist
Ranjani Haridas ...
Stylist
Gayatri Krishnan ...
Stylist
Txuku Iriarte Solana ...
Sylvie D'Costa

Directed by

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Ismail Merchant
Madhur Jaffrey ... (co-director)

Written by

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Alexandra Viets ... (written by)

Produced by

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Rahila Bootwala ... associate producer
Paul Bradley ... executive producer
Gil Donaldson ... associate producer
Nayeem Hafizka ... producer
Richard Hawley ... producer

Music by

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Richard Robbins

Cinematography by

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Pierre Lhomme

Film Editing by

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John David Allen

Editorial Department

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Paul Clegg ... assistant editor
Jason Costelloe ... assistant editor
Giorgio De Vincenzo ... associate editor
Jonathan Kaye ... assistant editor
Jack Tucker ... associate editor

Casting By

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Celestia Fox

Production Design by

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Alison Riva

Art Direction by

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Charmian Adams
Suresh Sawant ... co-art director

Costume Design by

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Sheena Napier

Makeup Department

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Lori Ann Baker ... hair stylist / makeup artist (as Lori Baker)
Alexis Fernandez ... assistant hair stylist
Martina Kohl ... hair stylist / key makeup artist

Production Management

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John P. Adams ... production manager
Abel Monem ... production in-charge: France

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Rizwan Chowhan ... third assistant director
Richard Hawley ... first assistant director
Luke Jones ... third assistant director
Simon V. Kurian ... first assistant director
Suraj Varma ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Sadanand Bhikaji ... carpenter
Amar Dogra ... property master
Barbara Herman-Skelding ... property buyer: England
Mandar Karmarkar ... standby props
Anant Ladge ... carpenter
Joseph Nellikkal ... property assistant (as Joseph Nellickal)
Balkrishna Palkar ... construction assistant
Ashok Panchal ... carpenter
Gajanan Panchal ... carpenter (as Gajanand Panchal)
R.D. Pawar ... painter
Ashok Raut ... carpenter
Dinkar Sawant ... painter
Suresh Sawant ... construction manager
Shahji ... property buyer: India
Rony Thomas ... art department assistant
Abdul Vaid ... carpenter
Debbie Wilson ... property buyer: England (as Deborah Wilson)

Sound Department

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Natalie Bayford ... sound assistant
Giovanni Di Simone ... sound
Jamie Graham ... sound trainee
Nina Hartstone ... dialogue editor
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer
Nigel Mills ... supervising sound editor
Richard Pryke ... re-recording mixer
Steve Sollars ... boom operator (as Steven Sollars)
Robin Whittaker ... foley editor (as Robin Quinn)

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Martin Body ... optical cameraman
Pat Wong ... digital compositor
John Swinnerton ... compositor: Peerless Camera Company (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Pierre Abraham ... gaffer
Maqsood Ali ... electrical grip
Giri Anchan ... dolly grip
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas ... assistant camera: second unit
Enbadas ... electrical grip
Rambali Mishra ... electrical grip
Sanjay Mishra ... electrical grip
A. Natarajan ... electrical grip
Jake Polonsky ... camera operator
Vishnu Rao ... second assistant camera
Raj Rikhi ... third camera assistant
Gyanchand Rikki ... best boy: A.C. (as Gyanchand Rikhi)
Seth Rubin ... still photographer
Janardhan Rumde ... electrical grip
Bhagwat Satkar ... electrical grip
Jean-Pierre Supe ... first assistant camera
Maruti Thakur ... electrical grip
Mukesh Waghela ... electrical grip
Mannilal Waghla ... key grip (as Manilal Waghela)

Animation Department

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Andrea Adams ... animator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Flora Avery ... assistant costume designer
Urmilla Lal Motwani ... wardrobe supervisor
Shahnaz Vahanvaty ... associate costume designer / costume designer: associate

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... music arranger (as Geoffrey Alexander)
Nick Harris ... assistant music engineer
Robert Ireland ... music editor
Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor
L. Subramaniam ... composer: additional music / musician: violin
Kirsty Whalley ... music engineer

Other crew

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Siraj Bharapurwala ... production assistant
Vinaya Chandran ... production assistant
Caroline Charlety ... production assistant
Gillean Dickie ... production coordinator: UK
Amitabh Ghosh ... key production assistant
Richard Hawley ... North American Distribution Executive
Karim Kadi ... production assistant (as Karim Kazi)
Faiza Khan ... production assistant
Sunil Kirparam ... production controller
Mahadev Mhaske ... production assistant
Zoe Morgan ... script supervisor
V.P. Sajimon ... production assistant
Parthiban Shanmugam ... production assistant
Marla Shelton ... production coordinator: New York

Thanks

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Wahid Chowhan ... thanks
K.E. Ismail ... thanks: Minister of Revenue, Govt. of Kerala
V.P. Joy ... thanks: District Collector of Ernakulam
K.J. Sohan ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

1954, the Malabar Coast. British and Anglo-Indian identities blur when an English-woman with a neglectful husband births a sickly baby. Cotton Mary, a hospital aide and moralizing Anglophile who claims her father was a British officer, takes over the infant's care and, without a word to the mother, takes the baby daily to her sister to nurse. Mary moves into the English household, taking over more and more duties as she plays on the mother's fatigue and lack of spousal counsel: in effect, Mary colonizes the English household while she pilfers its stores and tells tall tales to her own family. For how long can Mary sustain her rule before the Englishwoman stands on her own feet? Written by

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Also Known As
  • Amarga Ambição (Brazil)
  • Pamuk Mary (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • A házvezetőnő (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Budget $3,500,000 (estimated)

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