The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

A review - by Shlomoh Sherman
October 24, 2013

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Director: John Madden
Writers: Ol Parker (screenplay), Deborah Moggach (novel)
Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith
Plot Summary: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they
believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements,
the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
Plot Keywords: hotel - india - marigold - retiree - jaipur india
Genres: Comedy - Drama
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
Official Sites: Official site - Official site [Spain] - See more »
Country: UK - USA - United Arab Emirates
Language: English - Hindi
Release Date: May 25, 2012 (USA)
Also Known As: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly & Beautiful
Filming Locations: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India See more »
Box Office:
Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $737,051 (USA) (4 May 2012)
Gross: $46,377,022 (USA) (19 October 2012)
Company Credits:
Production Co: Blueprint Pictures
Runtime: 124 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital - SDDS
Color: Color
Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes and 16 other nominations.
Soundtracks: Tumbi Tumbi - Written by Tony Lewis and Mike Reed and performed by Tony Lewis and Mike Reed


This film actually turned out better for me than expected. First of all, to see so many wonderful British stars in one movie is excellent. And the story is one of never ending love and passion.

Seven elderly Britons travel to India where they check into a run-down hotel the host of which is a very optimistic young man with big dreams. As the story enfolds, each of these sixty and seventy something men and women find unexpected romance which brings new life and hope to each of them.

Graham, newly widowed, confronts and reveals the fact that he is gay and had once had an affair with a young Indian man. Douglas and Jean discover and admit that after so many years, their marriage is disolving, allowing Douglas to woo Evelyn for whom he has fallen. Madge is looking for a rich husband, and Norman is chasing any older woman in skirts.

India affects each in different but mostly positive ways. The hotel manager, Sonny, has dreams and needs to find a benfactor with cash to make them come true. He also has a girlfriend whom his mother does not like and who tries to discourage him from marrying.

The stories cross and evolve in romantically wonderful ways, showing us that we are never too old for love or passion or both.

Did You Know?
Trivia: At one point Madge claims to be Princess Margaret. Ramona Marquez, who plays Madge's granddaughter, actually played Princess Margaret in The King's Speech.

Goofs: When they arrive at the airport all the members of the group already have a heavy sun tan, even though they have only just arrived in India and they did not have these tans when they were in England.

Quotes: Douglas Ainslie: I invested our, well, my retirement money in our daughter's Internet company. She assured me that as soon as the startup actually, um, started up and the conversion from virtual to actual became sufficiently viable, then she'd be able to pay it all back. Evelyn: I'm not sure I understand what most of those words mean. Douglas Ainslie: Well, it turns out neither did she.

User Review:
Quite simply superb.
12 February 2012 - by Ray Penn (Teesside, England) – See all my reviews
I am in that age group that is thinking more and more about what happens when I retire. If the story portrayed in the film can be regarded as even remotely possible then sign me up today.
It was funny to the point that the whole audience wasn't just laughing but laughing loudly and repeatedly.
I didn't care about the actors and actresses playing the roles, just the characters. There is racism, snobbery, love, joy and sadness in just the right amounts throughout the story.
The movie is two hours of escapism with just a small undertone of moral fibre thrown in. It will probably make the move to DVD and television quite quickly; in this case a good thing for the right reasons.

Recent Posts by people who obvioujsly don't feel the way I do about the movie:
"Looks ridiculous and humorless" - stratosl
"British Healthcare?" - joezeph
"Shortcomings?" - ophelia_hardin
"Is this worth 6 bucks on Pay Per View?" - marx686
"Oscar nominations?" - mlafontaine01

Cast overview, first billed only:

Evelyn Greenslade   ... Judi Dench
Tom Wilkinson  ... Graham Dashwood
Patrick Pearson  ... Graham's Colleague
Hugh Dickson  ... Judge
James Rawlings  ... Estate Agent
Bill Nighy  ... Douglas Ainslie
Penelope Wilton  ... Jean Ainslie
Maggie Smith  ... Muriel Donnelly
Liza Tarbuck  ... Staff Nurse
Paul Bhattacharjee  ... Dr. Ghujarapartidar
Lucy Robinson  ... Judith
Ronald Pickup  ... Norman Cousins
Celia Imrie  ... Madge Hardcastle
Simon Wilson  ... Madge's Son-in-Law
Sara Stewart  ... Madge's Daughter

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