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The Intended (2002)

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A period drama/thriller about a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote Malaysian trading post and encounter a closed-fisted ivory trader and her ill-meaning family.


Kristian Levring





Cast overview:
Janet McTeer ... Sarah Morris
Olympia Dukakis ... Erina
Brenda Fricker ... Mrs. Jones
Tony Maudsley ... William Jones
JJ Feild ... Hamish Winslow (as JJ Field)
David Bradley ... The Priest
Philip Jackson ... Norton
Robert Pugh ... Le Blanc
John Matthew Lau John Matthew Lau ... Judas
Thomas Goh Thomas Goh ... Jalak
Michael J. Langgi Michael J. Langgi ... Ugat


In 1924, Sarah and Hamish travel from England deep in to the jungle to earn their fortune surveying an ivory trading post. Instead of an exotic retreat, the couple encounters an oppressively small community. Despite their best intentions, their presence in the jungle unleashes a downward spiral that ends in greed, murder and madness. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity and some violence | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

IFC Films


UK | Denmark



Release Date:

18 July 2003 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Quando verrà la pioggia See more »


Box Office


$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,209, 27 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,522, 11 July 2004
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A bit of a slow-moving film
10 December 2009 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

A bit of a slow-moving film. A nice period piece, set in a remote trading post in Nineteen-Twenties Malaysia. It is sort of a study of isolation, as the route in or out is closed half of the year until the monsoon rains raise the river level enough for boat traffic. Many of the characters are quite odd, and more than a little creepy. The actors seem to have played these parts well. I wouldn't have recognized Olypia Dukakis if I hadn't known she was in the cast, and she played the not-too-bright Russian housekeeper/nanny pretty well. The star, Janet McTeer, with whom I was not familiar, played the forty-ish consort of a 28-ish surveyor/engineer, very, very well. She bravely looked less attractive than she could be, to match the period and setting.

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