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Bhowani Junction (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 1 May 1956 (USA)
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Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Sonya Levien (screenplay), Ivan Moffat (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ava Gardner ... Victoria Jones
Stewart Granger ... Col. Rodney Savage
Bill Travers ... Patrick Taylor
Abraham Sofaer ... Surabhai
Francis Matthews ... Ranjit Kasel
Marne Maitland ... Govindaswami
Peter Illing ... Ghanshyam
Edward Chapman ... Thomas Jones
Freda Jackson ... The Sandani
Lionel Jeffries ... Lt. Graham McDaniel
Alan Tilvern ... Ted Dunphy
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Storyline

The year is 1947, the British are on the verge of finally leaving India. Amongst the few who are sorry to see the British leave are the Anglo-Indians, half British and half Indian, for they are going to miss the patronage of their white cousins, the job reservations, and the important status and positions they currently hold. The British, quite frankly, do not think well of Anglo-Indians, nor do the Indians. Victoria Jones is one such Anglo-Indian, a WAC in the British Army, her father a railway engine driver, and her mom a housewife. She is close to another Anglo-Indian, Patrick Taylor, but changes her mind about him as he harbors deep hatred for the Indians. She witnesses Col. Rodney Savage instruct his soldiers to pour filthy water and garbage at the hands of untouchables on high-caste men and women who are protesting by laying down on the railway tracks to prevent trains from moving. Repulsed and shocked at this, she turns to Ranjit Singh Kassi, a Sikh, and longs to be Indian. She... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Filmed in actual locations by M-G-M in COLOR and CinemaScope See more »


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Encruzilhada dos Destinos See more »

Filming Locations:

Pakistan See more »

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Budget:

$3,637,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Ava Gardner came to Lahore, there was only one reasonable hotel i.e. Falletis Hotel. The suite in which Ava stayed has been named as "The Ava Gardner suite". In its lounge one could see a beautiful large size, black & white portrait of Ava Gardner smiling. See more »

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When Savage is first in Taylor's office giving him orders about the trains, he says, "One of you will have to be in close touch with me at all times so that my trolley patrols do not run into unscheduled trains." He says the word "unscheduled" using the American "sk" pronunciation, but as an Englishman he would have pronounced it using the British "sh" sound. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Taylor: Where's your hat?
Victoria Jones: I never wear it, unless I have to.
Patrick Taylor: But, the sun - it will get you all brown at this time of day.
Victoria Jones: It's not the sun that makes us brown, now, is it.
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.31 (1956) See more »

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Ava Gardner is absolutely irresistible in this.
2 April 2004 | by mvfeverSee all my reviews

Stars are the primary reason for me to watch old movies, because they just don't make them like that anymore. 'Bowani Junction' provides some of the best; Ava Gardner is so irresistibly attractive in this movie that watching her along is worth every penny spent for buying the copy. Better yet, other things in the film are also good. Granger, playing a more realistic role, is at his best elements as a daring arrogant English Col., match nicely with the beautiful Gardner as a romantic couple. Most of the Indian characters are well portrayed and I love movie with a historical background . The story is complicated ,yet well told and paced. The characters are interesting and well presented. Over all, this is Cukor's movie at its usual fine standard.

This one is not to miss for fans of Granger, Gardner, and Hollywood oldies.


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