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Shakespeare Wallah

Released Mar 22, 1966 2h 0m Drama List
89% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 66% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Tony (Geoffrey Kendal) and Carla Buckingham (Laura Liddell) and their acting company journey through India performing Shakespearean plays. When their daughter Lizzie (Felicity Kendal) loses her heart to well-to-do Sanju (Shashi Kapoor) after a show, his movie-star ex-lover, Manjula (Madhur Jaffrey), tries to disrupt their union. The Buckinghams must protect their daughter while facing the fact that their plays are falling out of style and the locals are losing their patience for foreigners. Read More Read Less

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Critics Reviews

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Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times "Shakespeare Wallah" is a tribute to the gallantry, talent and courage of the Kendals. Its gentle humor, however, has a Chekhovian cast. Dec 14, 2017 Full Review Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice A breezy and beguiling study, comedy, romance, elegy. Nov 8, 2017 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times Very delicate and lovely. Rated: 4/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Dwight MacDonald Esquire Magazine Everyone acts naturally and Mr. Ivory's direction is light and sensitive, managing to suggest the subtlety and comedy and pathos of Anglo-Indian relationships. Aug 13, 2019 Full Review Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online ... a bittersweet drama of the twilight of a theatrical way of life. Dec 17, 2011 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 25, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Johnny Z Wonderful cinematography. Fantastic actors. Very well-written story. Merchant Ivory at it's finest. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/01/22 Full Review Audience Member Particularly acute in catching the peculiar matrix of moods and emotions that hold the troupe together and which keep the British and the Indians from ever really understanding each other. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member I really enjoyed this movie in class, great story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member ssssssssllllllllllooooooooooooowwwww. makes later merchant ivory pacing seem speedy. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I watched it for 5 minutes..... Felicity Kendall is a draw! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member An early Merchant/Ivory film featuring the real life Kendal family (including a very young Felicity) as members of a traveling Shakespeare company in post-independance India. Rather enjoyable with nice cinematography and a stealing performance from Madhur Jaffrey as the Bollywood Queen though the ending felt a little rushed and dissatisfying. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Tony (Geoffrey Kendal) and Carla Buckingham (Laura Liddell) and their acting company journey through India performing Shakespearean plays. When their daughter Lizzie (Felicity Kendal) loses her heart to well-to-do Sanju (Shashi Kapoor) after a show, his movie-star ex-lover, Manjula (Madhur Jaffrey), tries to disrupt their union. The Buckinghams must protect their daughter while facing the fact that their plays are falling out of style and the locals are losing their patience for foreigners.
Director
James Ivory
Producer
Ismail Merchant
Screenwriter
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, James Ivory
Distributor
Criterion Collection, Continental Distributing Inc.
Production Co
Merchant Ivory Productions
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 22, 1966, Original
Rerelease Date (Theaters)
Nov 10, 2017
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 22, 2018
Box Office (Gross USA)
$3.6K
Runtime
2h 0m
Sound Mix
Mono
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