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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

PG-13| 2 hr. 4 min.

Plot Summary
Some British retirees (Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy) decide to outsource their retirement to exotic -- and less expensive -- India. Lured by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and imagining a life of leisure in lush surroundings, they arrive and find that the Marigold is actually a shell of its former self. Though their new home is not quite what they had imagined, the retirees find that life and love can begin again when they let go of their pasts.

Cast: Judi Dench , Maggie Smith , Bill Nighy , Penelope Wilton , Tom Wilkinson , Celia Imrie , Ronald Pickup , Dev Patel

Director: John Madden

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Release Date: May 4th, 2012|2 hr. 4 min.

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  • March 07, 2015 debbier4
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    overplotted and confusing

  • March 07, 2015 debbier4
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    overplotted and confusing

  • November 13, 2012 hinsite2
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    Every opportunity to see actors like this and scripts like this is a give to us. The fans of good acting and good story telling, not to mention wonderful movie making. Loved it. Loved everyone in it. Loved story.

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Richard Gere Checks Into 'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' in the New Trailer (VIDEO)

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Katie Roberts on August 7, 2014

A new trailer for "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" brings back the full cast from the 2012 original, who waste no time cracking wise about their advanced ages. Hotel manager Sonny (Dev Patel...

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2': Richard Gere Checks In

Posted by
Drew Taylor on January 10, 2014

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images When "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" was released back in 2012, it turned into something of a sleeper hit, grossing more than $100 million worldwide and firmly placing...

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Is Getting a Sequel

Posted by
Katie Roberts on October 29, 2013

AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Films, Ishika Mohan Looks like "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is remaining open. In an interview with, actress Penelope Wilton confirmed that the 2011 fi...

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Maggie Smith's Words Of Wisdom To Judi Dench

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Jessie Heyman on April 18, 2012

Ever wanted to see your favorite British actors with a tan? Well, now you can! In "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," England's finest -- Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Tom Wilkinson -- play a...

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