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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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A Flaming Love Story On A Background Of Turmoil And Revolt! 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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Trivia

The film's uneven reception was largely due to critical consensus that George Cukor was ill-equipped to capture the epic sweep of the political uprising in India. Indeed, Cukor's body of work was justly celebrated for his incisive female character studies, and, as such, he was seldom called upon to manage crowd scenes or stage action sequences. Not surprisingly, it is Victoria's dramatic arc that compels, whereas the railway sequences of protest and conflict are noticeably lacking in focus and scope. 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

Col. Rodney Savage: As result of the Indian Congress Party's support of the mutiny, the Government had anticipated nationwide trouble. I was detailed to Bhowani junction with a battalion of Pathans, as emergency reserves for the civil authorities. Things weren't made any easier for us by the Congress Party. They were afraid the British might change their minds about leaving. You remember, we hadn't specified any exact date. So, they were determined to speed us on our way by every peaceful means at their disposal. ...
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References China Seas (1935) See more »

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Great Ava Gardner Film
18 March 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Greatly enjoyed this film about the British withdrawing from India and the wonderful photography and the great scenery. However, Ava Gardner,(Victoria Jones),"City On Fire",'79 looked simply beautiful, considering she tried to keep up with Frank Sinatra on the fast track of real life. Victoria Jones played the role of a very tricky gal, who twisted men around her little finger and pretended to be someone else other than herself. Stewart Granger, (Col. Rodney Savage),"The Wild Geese",'78, was a very clever military soldier and kept a close eye on Victoria for more reasons than only one. There is great acting between Gardner and Stewart who were at the height of their careers. Enjoy.


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