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A Passage to India

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Original title
A Passage to India
Running time
163 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
David Lean (Novel: E. M. Forster) (Play: Santha Rama Rau)
Maurice Jarre
Ernest Day
Co-production United Kingdom-United States;
Columbia Pictures
Drama. Adventure | Colonialism. 1920s
Movie Groups
E. M. Forster Adaptations
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."
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: Best Film, Best Director & Best Actress (Ashcroft)
1984: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Ashcroft)
1984: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1984: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1984: 2 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, including Best Actress (Judy Davis)
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