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A Passage to India


Alec Guinness and Judy Davis star in the sweeping drama of an English girl who travels to India andaccuses a native of rape. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards(r).

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Fresh: Regardless of what one thinks of David Lean and his old fashioned style, the results here - save perhaps for the casting of Alec Guinness as a Hindu professor - are exquisite.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Lean isn't on his A-game here, but the film isn't bad.

- Christopher Null,, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten: David Lean's studied, plodding, overanalytic direction manages to kill most of the meaning in E.M. Forster's haunting novel of cultural collision in colonial India.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Directed by Lean and based on a novel from later in E.M. Forster's career, the common themes of Forster's writings (often adapted by Merchant and Ivory) are clear. A young woman accompanied by an older woman in British society before either of the world wars, encounters something exotic and wants to burst out of the stuffy tight collared restraint that polite society of the time required. In this case the exotic location is India among the British ruling class. It is arranged for the young woman to marry a man, but she learns he does not satisfy her. She is still afraid of total wildness and severing ties with her culture, but in meeting a young Indian doctor who is excited to impress, and an English professor who has been immersed in the foreign culture, she finds adventure. The story and film show the ugliness of racism, injustice, and militant oppression. The movie ends with a court case that could have gone terribly wrong. But instead we are presented with a court system in which we can have faith, if intelligent people who know what they are doing are running the show, and those involved in the case find the courage to be truthful!

- hypathio7, Friday, September 3, 2010

4 stars

Lean's farewell, a stunning and beautiful tale of prejudice. great soundtrack, grateful performances, an overlooked marvel.

- pier007, Sunday, July 8, 2007

3 stars

Story of racism between British and India in the 19th century. Strangest thing is seeing Alec Guiness in the role of a Hindu wise man.

- Redlats, Wednesday, July 4, 2007