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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 May 2012 (USA)
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British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Director:

John Madden

Writers:

Ol Parker (screenplay), Deborah Moggach (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Evelyn Greenslade
Tom Wilkinson ... Graham Dashwood
Patrick Pearson Patrick Pearson ... Graham's Colleague
Hugh Dickson Hugh Dickson ... Judge
James Rawlings James Rawlings ... Estate Agent
Bill Nighy ... Douglas Ainslie
Penelope Wilton ... Jean Ainslie
Maggie Smith ... Muriel Donnelly
Liza Tarbuck ... Staff Nurse
Paul Bhattacharjee ... Dr. Ghujarapartidar
Lucy Robinson ... Judith
Ronald Pickup ... Norman Cousins
Celia Imrie ... Madge Hardcastle
Simon Wilson Simon Wilson ... Madge's Son-in-Law
Sara Stewart ... Madge's Daughter
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Storyline

Seven elderly Britons, for a variety of reasons, respond to an online ad and travel to Jaipur, India, where they find run-down hotel with a young, exuberant, and optimistic host. Evelyn, newly widowed, wants low-cost experience, Graham seeks a long-ago love, Douglas and Jean have lost their pension in a family investment, Muriel needs cheap hip surgery, Madge seeks a rich husband, and Norman is chasing women. India affects each in different ways, enchanting Douglas and Evelyn while driving Jean deeper into bitterness. Their host, young Sonny, has dreams but little cash or skill; he also has a girlfriend whom his mother dismisses. Stories cross and discoveries await each one. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official site | Official site [Spain] | See more »

Country:

UK | USA | United Arab Emirates

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

25 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly & Beautiful See more »

Filming Locations:

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,222,051 (United Kingdom), 26 February 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$737,051, 6 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,412,041

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$136,836,156
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Production Co:

Blueprint Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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To save other fans the effort of research and math, here's the ages, young to old, of the principal -older- actors: (may be off by a month or two) Madge Hardcastle / Celia Imrie 60 Doug Ainslie / Bill Nighy 63 Graham Dashwood / Tom Wilkinson 64 Jean Ainslie / Penelope Wilton 66 Norman / Ronald Pickup 72 Muriel Donnely / Maggie Smith 78 Evelyn Greenslade / Judi Dench 78 See more »

Goofs

When they arrive at the airport all the members of the group already have a heavy sun tan, even though they have only just arrived in India and they did not have these tans when they were in England. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn: Is it our friend we are grieving for, whose life we knew so little? Or is it our own loss that we are mourning? Have we traveled far enough that we can allow our tears to fall?
Madge Hardcastle: When someone dies, you think about your own life. And I don't want to grow older. I don't want to be condescended to. To become marginalized and ignored by society. I don't want to be the first person they let off the plane in a hostage crisis.
[chuckles]
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More than "Love Geriatrically"
26 February 2012 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

Admit it: when was the last time you saw a film in which the seven lead roles are taken by British actors in their 60s and 70s? Never - right? So this is a movie aiming at a very different demographic than the usual teenage-targeted Hollywood fare and it is a refreshing and welcome change that will delight young as well as old.

The doyennes of the cast are Judi Dench and Maggie Smith who are both now in their late 70s but sparkle here as very different lonely singletons. Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton play a sweet and sour couple in the thespian menu. Tom Wilkinson is a retired judge with a secret. Finally Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup are two more sad souls who might or might not find solace together. All of the seven find that retirement can be 'outsourced' to an Indian hotel that certainly looks exotic in the (photoshopped) brochure, but actually needs somewhat more than the enthusiasm of its young manager (Dev Patel with romantic problems of his own).

The location of the hotel is Jaipur in northern India which is a character in itself and, since I have visited the city, I can attest to the wonderful vibrancy and colour of this extraordinary metropolis. But,as our seven intrepid Brits learn, India requires some adjustment to one's expectations and lifestyle and some make the adjustment sooner or better than others. A cynic might dub this multiple storyline of comedy and romance as "Love Geriatrically" and the characters are rather stereotypical, but this is a delightful movie that makes the viewer feel good about life.


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