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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2011
  • John Madden
  • 118 mins
  • 12A
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over (unless accompanied by an adult)

Summary

Seven English pensioners looking for a fresh start are drawn to an advert for a hotel in the Indian city of Jaipur, and plan to spend their retirement there. They arrive to find the building dilapidated but are won over by the enthusiastic young manager, and each embarks on their own adventures in the city. Comedy drama, starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Masterfully directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), this feel-good tale sees a group of British pensioners relocate to India for their retirement, lured by the promise of cheap luxury at the establishment of the title. But the place, run by ever-optimistic manager Dev Patel (in a sweetly subtle performance), turns out to be a dump. However, the colourful location and the pensioners' shared experiences have a transformative effect, underlining the resilience of the human spirit. The film does become slightly predictable - Maggie Smith's xenophobia mellows, henpecked Bill Nighy finds himself, Judi Dench is faced with a romantic conundrum - but it's beautifully played by the treasure trove of British stars.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2012-02-24
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for language.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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EvelynJudi Dench
DouglasBill Nighy
MurielMaggie Smith
GrahamTom Wilkinson
SonnyDev Patel
JeanPenelope Wilton
NormanRonald Pickup
MadgeCelia Imrie
Head nurse KarenLiza Tarbuck
GrandchildRamona Marquez

Crew

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DirectorJohn Madden
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