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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

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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 Sites:

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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Trivia

Jean reads Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach, on whose novel These Foolish Things the film is based. Tulip Fever (2017) was filmed a few years later. 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

Douglas Ainslie: She was upset.
Jean: Oh spare me your explanation. Do you think I'm jealous?
Douglas Ainslie: I don't see why else you would have emabarrassed me... and Evelyn.
Jean: You seem to be doing a perfectly good job of embarrassing yourself. Can you imagine how ghastly it is for everyone to see you mooning around after that simpering, doe-eyed ex-housewife, taking advantage of her loneliness...
Douglas Ainslie: Look. Can you hear yourself? Can you? Do you have any idea what a terrible person you have become? All you give out is this endless ...
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Stupid Title. Brilliant film
12 February 2012 | by kevbeeSee all my reviews

If you liked '4 Weddings and a Funeral' (and who didn't) then you will love this film. The premise is simple: a collection of Brits of a certain age decide to spend their early retirement at a dubious, run- down hotel in Jaipur, India. This decision obviously involves a physical journey but more importantly, an emotion journey too. Gradually we learn the back story of these characters, and these stories are very fascinating indeed.

An absolutely stellar cast are well served by an intelligent witty script with some killer one-liners which are guaranteed laugh out loud. Only occasionally does it get sentimental, but somehow this doesn't matter, because the seductive nature of India weaves its spell not just on the characters but also on us.

It's good to see a film that doesn't treat retirement aged people as idiots. These people are intelligent, funny, curious and I would willingly share a g&t with them. An absolute gem of a film.


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