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Passage to India.

PG In Theaters 08/21/1997 , 163min.
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Plot & Details

A Passage to India, director David Lean's final film (for which he also received editing credit), breaks no new ground cinematically, but remains an exquisitely assembled harkback to such earlier Lean epics as Doctor Zhivago and Ryan's Daughter. Based on the novel by E. M. Forster, the film is set in colonial India in 1924. Adela Quested (Judy Davis), a sheltered, well-educated British woman, arrives in the town of Chandrapore, where she hopes to experience "the real India". Here she meets and befriends Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee), who, despite longstanding racial and social taboos, moves with relative ease and freedom amongst highborn British circles. Feeling comfortable with Adela, Aziz invites her to accompany him on a visit to the Marabar caves. Adela has previously exhibited bizarre, almost mystical behavior during other ventures into the Indian wilderness: this time, she emerges from the caves showing signs of injury and ill usage. To Aziz' horror, he is accused by Adela of raping her. Typically, the British ruling class rallies to Adela's defense, virtually convicting Aziz before the trial ever begins. Though he is eventually acquitted due to lack of evidence (in fact, director Lean never shows us what really happened), Aziz is ruined in the eyes of both the British and his own people-as is Adela. Woven into these proceedings is a subplot involving Adela's elderly travelling companion Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft), who through a series of plot twists too complex to describe here becomes a heroine of the Indian Independence movement. A Passage to India was nominated for several Academy Awards, scoring wins in the categories of Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Ashcroft) and Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre). A theatrical version of A Passage to India, written by Santha Rama Rau, was previously adapted for television by the BBC in the mid-1970s.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Richard Goodwin Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction John Box Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Maurice Jarre Won
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director David Lean Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Les Tomkins Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Hugh Scaife Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Nicolas Le Messurier Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Judy Moorcraft Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Graham Hartstone Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing David Lean Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Michael Carter Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay David Lean Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Lord John Brabourne Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Ernest Day Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Judy Davis Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound John Mitchell Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Peggy Ashcroft Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Ernest Day Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Peggy Ashcroft Won
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score Maurice Jarre Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costumes Judy Moorcraft Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor James Fox Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design John Box Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay David Lean Nominated
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director David Lean Nominated
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Peggy Ashcroft Won
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Maurice Jarre Won
1984 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Ernest Day Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Peggy Ashcroft Won
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score Maurice Jarre Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costumes Judy Moorcraft Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor James Fox Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design John Box Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Directors Guild of America Best Director David Lean Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Peggy Ashcroft Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 National Board of Review Best Director David Lean Won
1984 National Board of Review Best Actor Victor Banerjee Won
1984 National Board of Review Best Actress Peggy Ashcroft Won
1984 National Board of Review Best Picture Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Peggy Ashcroft Won
1984 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director David Lean Won
1984 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won

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