A Passage to India (film)

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A Passage to India (film)

1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean add

Category: Movies & TV

Launched in 1960.

Countries: India (48%), United Kingdom (24%), United States (8%)

Main connections: David Lean, Columbia Pictures, Sydney Pollack

Linked to: BBC, HBO




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David Lean had read the novel and saw the play in London in 1960, and, impressed, attempted to purchase the rights at that time, but Forster, who rejected Santha Rama Rau's suggestion to allow Indian film director Satyajit Ray to make a film, said no. Forster, however, allowed a television production of the play by the BBC in 1965 add something


Despite having quarrelled with Lean in the 1960s about a proposed film about Gandhi that ultimately was scrapped, Alec Guinness agreed to portray Professor Godbole add something


It was produced for the Oxford Playhouse, later moving to the West End in London in 1960 for 261 performances add something


Following Forster's death in 1970, the governing board of fellows of King's College at Cambridge inherited the rights to his books add something


When Brabourne asked David Lean to direct "A Passage to India", the director was ready to break his 14-year-long hiatus from filmmaking following mostly negative reviews received for "Ryan's Daughter" in 1970 add something


" In March 1981, John Brabourne and his business partner, Richard Gooddwin, obtained the rights to make a film adaptation of "A Passage to India" add something


By September 1981, Lean was approved as director and Santha Rama Rau completed a draft of the script add something


In 1982, Lean wrote his script, first spending six months in Delhi, and finishing it in Switzerland add something


Lean's final film became a critics' favourite in 1984, opening to tremendous praise worldwide add something


"'A Passage to India"' is a 1984 drama film written and directed by David Lean add something


Since then, Lean had fought to make a two-part epic telling the true story of the mutiny on the Bounty, for which he could not obtain financing, and had given some thought about doing "Out of Africa", from the book by Isak Dinesen of which Sydney Pollack ultimately directed the film in 1985 add something


In addition to "Reflections of David Lean" from the 2001 release, bonus features included commentary with producer Richard B. Goodwin; "E.M. Forster: A Profile of an Author", covering some of the main themes of the original book; "An Epic Takes Shape", in which cast and crew members discuss the evolution of the film; "An Indian Affair", detailing the primary production period; "Only Connect: A Vision of India", detailing the final days of shooting at Shepperton Studios and the post-production period; "Casting a Classic", in which casting direct add something


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first DVD on 20 March 2001 add something


On 9 September 2003, Columbia Pictures released the box set "The David Lean Collection", which included "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", and "A Passage to India" add something


On 15 April 2008, Sony released "A Passage To India " add something


On 15 April 2008, Sony released a Blu-ray HD Collector's Edition add something