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R| 2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary
In 1954 India, Mary (Madhur Jaffrey) is a woman of mixed British and Indian heritage, who is fiercely proud of her European blood. Mary helps a pregnant Englishwoman named Lily MacIntosh (Greta Scacchi) give birth, but Lily is unable to nurse the infant. Mary sneaks the child away to her sister, who acts as a wet nurse. By taking credit for the child's feeding and care, Mary is able to worm her way into the MacIntosh household, where she quickly gains the upper hand over the existing staff.

Cast: Greta Scacchi , Madhur Jaffrey , James Wilby , Neena Gupta , Sakina Jaffrey , Prayag Raj , Sarah Badel , Joanna David

Director: Ismail Merchant

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Artistic License, Universal Pictures

Cotton Mary (1999)

Release Date: March 17th, 2000|2 hr. 2 min.

critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Acted with almost maniacal force by Jaffrey, Mary is at once fascinating and despicable. show more

  • 88
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    Increasingly piquant tale of culture clash in 1954 post-independence India. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    An unsubtle allegory about a way of life withering on the vine. show more

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