David Lean returned to filmmaking after a 14-year absence to direct this award-winning adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel. Adela Quested (Judy Davis), a young and spirited Englishwoman, travels to India alongside the somewhat older Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft). Mrs. Moore's hope is that her son, an administrator in the British Raj, and Adela will wed. Once in India, the two women pay scant heed to the customs followed by English society. They even agree to accompany a "native"--the charming and educated Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee)--on a tour of the mystical, ancient Marabar Caves. But their innocent outing turns ugly when Adela emerges from the cave's darkness accusing Aziz of rape. British authorities eagerly pursue--even pressure--Adela to go to court. The truth, however, is not as clear as the bigoted colonial government believes it is.
cast & Crew
Judy Davis - Australian Actress, BARTON FINK (1991)
Peggy Ashcroft - British actress
James Fox - British Actor
Alec Guinness - British Actor, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
Victor Banerjee - Indian Actor
Nigel Havers - British Actor
Clive Swift - British Film and TV actor, Keeping Up Appearances
E.M. Forster - English Novelist
Reviews & Awards
Sight and Sound
"...Affecting scenes which Lean accomplishes with all his old panache..."
New York Times
"...Very much a full theatrical meal....Remarkably faithful to the novel..."
"...Impeccably faithful, beautifully played....Magnificently crafted in the expected Lean manner and full of old-fashioned virtues..."
Academy Awards Best Original Score Winner 1984
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Winner 1984