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A Passage to India

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Original title
A Passage to India
Year
Running time
163 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
David Lean (Novel: E. M. Forster. Play: Santha Rama Rau)
Music
Maurice Jarre
Cinematography
Ernest Day
Cast
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Producer
Co-production United Kingdom-United States; Columbia Pictures
Genre
Drama. Adventure | Colonialism. 1920s
Movie Groups
E. M. Forster Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
Circa 1920, during the Indian British rule, Dr. Aziz H. Ahmed was born and brought up in India. He is proficient in English, and wears Western style clothing. He meets an old lady, Mrs. Moore, at a mosque, who asks him to accompany her and her companion, Adela Quested, for sight-seeing around some caves. Thereafter the organized life of Aziz is turned upside down when Adela accuses him of molesting her in a cave. Aziz is arrested and brought before the courts, where he learns that the entire British administration is against him, and would like to see him found guilty and punished severely, to teach all native Indians what it means to molest a British citizen. Aziz is all set to witness the "fairness" of the British system, whose unofficial motto is "guilty until proved innocent."
Awards
1985: BAFTA: Best Actress (Ashcroft). 9 nominations, including Best Film
1984: 2 Academy Awards: Supp. Actress (Ashcroft), OST. 9 nominations including Picture
1984: 3 Golden Globes: Foreign Film, Supp. Actress and Original Score. 5 nominations
1984: National Board of Review awards: Film, Director, Actor, Actress
1984: New York Film Critic Circle: Film, Director, Actress (Ashcroft)
1984: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1984: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
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