January 2, 2017


A Passage to India – 1984 | 163mins | Drama | Colour


Plot Synopsis

A Passage to India

Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, A Passage to India was director David Lean‘s final film. The film is set in colonial India in 1924. Adela Quested (Judy Davis), a young and headstrong British woman arrives in India accompanied by Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft), the mother of her fianc�. Here she meets and becomes friendly with Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee), feeling relaxed with Adela, Aziz invites her to accompany him on a visit to the mystical Marabar caves. Adela emerges from the caves showing signs of injury and accuses Aziz of raping her. The British authorities urge Adela to go to court, practically convicting Aziz before the trial even commences. Though he is eventually acquitted due to lack of evidence, Aziz is ruined in the eyes of both the British and his own people. Peggy Ashcroft won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Mrs. Moore. Maurice Jarre received an Oscar for his music score.

Production Team

David Lean: Director
Hugh Scaife: Art Direction
Ram Yedekar: Art Direction
Herbert Westbrook: Art Direction
Leslie Tomkins: Art Direction
Clifford Robinson: Art Direction
Eunice Mountjoy: Associate Editor
Edward Sands : Associate Producer
John Heyman: Associate Producer
Ernest Day: Cinematography
Judy Moorcroft: Costume Design
David Lean: Editing
Elaine Bowerbank: Make-Up Dept
Jill Carpenter: Make-Up Dept
Eric Allwright: Make-Up Dept
Vera Mitchell: Make-Up Dept
Robin Clarke: Music Editor
Maurice Jarre: Music Score
John Bradbourne: Producer
Richard Goodwin: Producer
John Box: Production Designer
David Lean: Script
the play by Santha Rama Rau: Script
John Mitchell: Sound
Winston Ryder: Sound Editor


Judy Davis: Adela Quested
Victor Banerjee: Doctor Aziz
Peggy Ashcroft: Mrs Moore
James Fox: Richard Fielding
Alec Guinness: Professor Godbole
Nigel Havers: Ronny Heaslop
Richard Wilson: Turton
Michael Culver: McBryde
Art Malik: Mahmoud Ali
Saeed Jaffrey: Hamidullah

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