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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.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Evelyn Greenslade
... Graham Dashwood
Patrick Pearson ... Graham's Colleague
Hugh Dickson ... Judge
James Rawlings ... Estate Agent
... Douglas Ainslie
... Jean Ainslie
... Muriel Donnelly
... Staff Nurse
... Dr. Ghujarapartidar
... Judith
... Norman Cousins
... Madge Hardcastle
Simon Wilson ... Madge's Son-in-Law
... 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

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

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Also Known As:

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly & Beautiful  »

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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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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

Sonny: Your bedroom.
Madge Hardcastle: Where?
Sonny: Here. In here.
Madge Hardcastle: My dear man, rooms have doors. What you're showing me here is an alcove.
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Featured in 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) See more »

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Written by Tony Lewis and Mike Reed
Performed by Tony Lewis and Mike Reed
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Very pleasant throughout, but as good as what you'd expect from such a cast
8 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Marigold Hotel was overall a very pleasant film with a distinct feel-good factor - helped by the vibrancy of the Indian setting. Judi Dench is excellent as always, and Bill Nighy really captures the child within for this film. In fact, all of the cast were superb, although Dev Patel suffered from a little overacting! The plot is more like a moral, and explores a 'young at heart' theme throughout. I think the vision of the film is somewhat confused at times. It seems to shift from a full-on comedy to a film about ageism, and it doesn't flow as well as one would hope. Also, Maggie Smith's character (although superbly played) is a slightly far fetched transformation, so I would have liked to see more focus on her throughout the film. Overall though, a nice, entertaining piece of work. Perhaps not as good as you would expect from such a star-studded cast, but nevertheless, very entertaining!


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