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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 28,256 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 25 May 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 124 min
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  • IMDb page: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 28,256 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Release Date: 25 May 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 124 min
  • Filming Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $46,377,022(USA)(21 October 2012)
  • Director: John Madden
  • Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Thomas Newman   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Hotel | Retiree | Marigold | India | Retirement

Writing Credits By:

  • Ol Parker (screenplay)
  • Deborah Moggach (novel "These Foolish Things")

Known Trivia

  • Penelope Wilton (Jean) is reading Tulip Fever, a novel by Deborah Moggach, on whose novel the film is based. The film is based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. The film Tulip Fever is in development.
  • Tom Wilkinson’s character is called Graham Dashwood. Tom Wilkinson played Mr Dashwood in the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility.
  • Peter O’Toole and Julie Christie were to play the parts of Norman and Madge but were later replaced by Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie. Additionally director John Madden went on to say that Eileen Atkins and John Hurt were another two actors considered for parts.
  • To save other fans the effort of research and math, here’s the ages, young to old, of the principal -older- actors: (may be off by a month or two) Madge Hardcastle / Celia Inarie 60 Doug Ainslie / Bill Nighy 63 Graham Dashwood / Tom Wilkinson 64 Jean Ainslie / Penelope Wilton 66 Norman / Ron Pickup 72 Muriel Donnely / Maggie Smith 78 Evelyn Greenlake / Judi Dench 78
  • At one point Madge claims to be Princess Margaret. Ramona Marquez, who plays Madge’s granddaughter, actually played Princess Margaret in The King’s Speech.
  • Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton previously played husband and wife in Shaun of the Dead
  • Tom Wilkinson (Graham Dashwood) is married to Diana Hardcastle (Carol) in real life.

Goofs: Continuity: When they arrive at the airport all the members of the group already have a heavy sun tan, even though they have only just arrived in India and they did not have these tans when they were in England.

Plot: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. Full summary »  »

Story: A group of British retirees decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self.Written by Fox Searchlight  


Synopsis: Seven English seniors experience life changes which result in their coincidental departure to be the first guests at the enticingly-pitched Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a hotel "for the elderly and beautiful" in Jaipur, India: Recently widowed housewife Evelyn (Judi Dench) must sell her home to cover huge debts. Graham (Tim Wilkinson), a high court judge who lived in India as a boy, abruptly decides to retire and return there. Jean (Penelope Wilton) and Doug (Bill Nighy) seek a retirement they can afford with the money left after investing in their daughter’s internet start-up. Muriel (Maggie Smith), a retired housekeeper, needs a hip replacement which she can get more quickly and inexpensively in India. Wealthy Madge (Celia Imrie) hunts another husband. Norman (Ronald Pickup) is an aging lothario, still on the make for one-night stands.

To varying degrees they are each overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment upon their arrival. Furthermore, despite the enthusiastic attitude of its new manager Sunny (Dev Patel), the hotel is dilapidated and its meals too spicy for their English palates. Jean mostly stays in the hotel reading, whereas Doug explores city sights suggested by Graham, who has found that much has changed since his school years and disappears on secret outings. Muriel, despite her racism, comes to grudgingly appreciate her doctor for his skill, and the hotel cleaner (a member of the "untouchable" caste who speaks no English) for her kindness. Discovering that she cannot even afford the Marigold, Evelyn gets her first job, advising the staff of a marketing call centre how to better interact with their British contacts. Sunny struggles to convince an investor for funds to improve the hotel. Madge joins an exclusive club, where she fails to pass herself off as Princess Margaret, and when asked to be seated by a rich bachelor it turns out to be Norman, who is having no success romancing the women there.

Muriel’s doctor takes her to the home of the hotel cleaner, where she is surprised to find the young woman grateful for her "kindness" in simply acknowledging her; Muriel confides about her life in service, managing a family household and raising their children, which ended in abrupt dismissal. At the club, Madge helps Norman meet Carol (Diana Hardcastle), an English life-long resident of India. Dropping his routine, Norman admits that he is just old and lonely, and Carol admits the same, beginning a relationship. Graham confides to Evelyn that he is trying to find the boyfriend he regrets abandoning in disgrace when he left India to go to university. Jean is attracted to the retired judge, and makes a rare excursion to follow him, but is humiliated when he explains that he is gay. Accompanied by Doug and Evelyn, Graham reunites with his former lover, who has lived a generally happy life in an arranged marriage of mutual trust and respect. After confiding his contentment to Norman, Graham dies peacefully of a heart attack. Evelyn and Doug grow increasingly close, and following Graham’s cremation, she tearfully confides the lack of trust in her marriage, witnessed by an increasingly jealous Jean. Doug finally loses his temper at her negativity and lack of respect.

Sunny’s more successful brothers each own a third of the hotel and want it knocked down. His mother (Lillete Dubey) wants him back in Delhi for an arranged marriage, but Sunny is in love with Sunaina (Tena Desae), who works at Evelyn’s call centre. Sunny’s mother declares the hotel a financial disaster; the residents are told to relocate. Norman decides to move in with Carol. Madge and Evelyn prepare to leave. Jean and Doug get their investment back, enabling them to return to England, but a traffic jam stops them from getting to the airport, and Jean leaves him (literally and figuratively) to get there in a one-person pedicab. Doug makes his way back to the hotel. Meanwhile, Muriel sneaks access to Sunny’s computer for a look at the accounts, and discovering that the business plan is in fact sound, convinces the reluctant investor to provided the needed funds.

The next morning, Sunny and Sunaina confront his mother, who concedes to his marriage plans when reminded that her husband had similarly stood up to his parents to marry her. Muriel reveals that the hotel simply needs better management, and offers to stay in that capacity. The other guests agree to stay as well. In the final montage: Madge in her club dines with a wealthy Indian man. Norman washes socks and Carol reads the Kama Sutra in their room. Muriel is behind the front desk welcoming new guests. Sunny and Sunaina ride his motorbike through Jaipur, passing Doug and Evelyn riding a scooter.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Graham Broadbent known as producer
  • Peter Czernin known as producer
  • Sarah Harvey known as co-producer
  • Caroline Hewitt known as co-producer
  • Jonathan King known as executive producer
  • Pravesh Sahni known as line producer
  • Jeff Skoll known as executive producer
  • Ricky Strauss known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Judi Dench known as Evelyn Greenslade
  • Tom Wilkinson known as Graham Dashwood
  • Patrick Pearson known as Graham's Colleague
  • Hugh Dickson known as Judge
  • James Rawlings known as Estate Agent
  • Bill Nighy known as Douglas Ainslie
  • Penelope Wilton known as Jean Ainslie
  • Maggie Smith known as Muriel Donnelly
  • Liza Tarbuck known as Staff Nurse
  • Paul Bhattacharjee known as Dr. Ghujarapartidar
  • Lucy Robinson known as Judith
  • Ronald Pickup known as Norman Cousins
  • Celia Imrie known as Madge Hardcastle
  • Simon Wilson known as Madge's Son-in-Law
  • Sara Stewart known as Madge's Daughter
  • Ramona Marquez known as Madge's Grandchild
  • Raoul Marquez known as Madge's Grandchild
  • Glen Davies known as Taxi Driver
  • Jay Villiers known as Evelyn's Son
  • Paul Bentall known as Evelyn's Lawyer
  • Loo Brealey known as Hairdresser
  • Catherine Terris known as Graham's Cleaner
  • Richard Cubison known as Douglas' Golf Partner
  • Josh Cohen known as Paramedic
  • Josh Cole known as Airport Security Guard
  • Dev Patel known as Sonny Kapoor
  • Bhuvnesh Shetty known as Muriel's Physiotherapist
  • Honey Chhaya known as Young Wasim
  • Shubraojyoti Barat known as Public Records Official
  • N. Kumar known as Rickshaw Driver / Graham
  • Hem Acharya known as Boy Playing Cricket
  • Kailash Vijay known as Rickshaw Driver / Evelyn
  • Tena Desae known as Sunaina
  • Sid Makkar known as Jay
  • Seema Azmi known as Anokhi
  • Vishnu Sharma known as Mr. Maruthi
  • Lillete Dubey known as Mrs. Kapoor
  • Denzil Smith known as Viceroy Club Secretary
  • Jagdish Sharma known as Maharajah
  • Sandeep Lele known as Viceroy Club Barman
  • Diana Hardcastle known as Carol
  • Neeraj Kadela known as Market Salesman
  • S.N. Purohit known as Tap Shop Owner
  • Shiv Palawat known as Tea Room Waiter
  • Mahesh Udeshi known as Doctor at Clinic
  • Neena Kulkarni known as Gaurika
  • Rajendra Gupta known as Manoj
  • Gagan Mishra known as Restaurant Owner
  • A.R. Rama known as Rickshaw Driver / Jean
  • Fiaz Ali known as Indian Passenger (uncredited)
  • Victoria Jane Appleton known as European Passenger (uncredited)
  • Israr Azam known as Hospital Porter (uncredited)
  • Russell Balogh known as Lawyer (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Beverley Binda known as hair supervisor
  • Beverley Binda known as makeup supervisor
  • Xavier Peter D'Souza known as assistant makeup artist
  • Kamlesh known as assistant makeup artist (as Kamlesh Shinde)
  • Luize Joyce Margaret known as assistant hair stylist (as Luiz Joyce Margaret)
  • Daniel Phillips known as hair designer
  • Daniel Phillips known as makeup designer
  • Menaka Remei Chinal known as assistant hair stylist
  • Sylvia Atkins known as daily hair & makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Prachi Agrawal known as graphic designer
  • Patanjali Bhati known as standby props
  • Matthew Broderick known as standby prop: London
  • David Chisholm known as props storeman: London
  • Ankita Chutani known as assistant art director
  • Kelvin Cook known as dressing props: London (as Kevin Cooks)
  • Swapnali Das known as assistant set decorator
  • Katie Driscoll known as graphic designer
  • Mark Fruin known as standby props: London
  • Amit Gadshi known as draftsman
  • Jennifer Griggs known as art department assistant: London
  • Lizzie Kilham known as standby art director
  • Vogendra Kumar known as prop man
  • Ram Milan Chobhay known as prop man
  • Raghu More known as assistant art director
  • Sue Morrison known as production buyer: London
  • Shambu Nath known as standby props (as Shambhu Nath)
  • Rakesh Ohiman known as art department coordinator
  • Vasudha Patni known as props buyer
  • Allen J. Polley known as property master: London (as Allen Polley)
  • Elliott Polley known as trainee props: London
  • Josh Polley known as dressing props: London
  • Mitch Polley known as props
  • Olivia Portman known as assistant to set decorator: London
  • Kumar Rajendra known as property master
  • Abhisek Raut known as draftsman
  • Andrew Rothschild known as art director: London
  • Mahesh Salgaonkar known as assistant art director
  • Suresh Sharma known as prop man
  • Sawant Singh Rajoriya known as art department runner
  • Neeraj Kumar Singh known as prop man
  • Darren Flindall known as construction rigger (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Participant Media (in association with)
  • Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ (in association with) (as ImageNation Abu Dhabi)
  • Blueprint Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Abbey Road Studios  music mixing facility
  • Andy Dixon Facilities  facility vehicles: London
  • Ashoka  catering
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • BLT Communications  poster design: teaser poster (uncredited)
  • Bon Appetit Catering  catering: London (as Bon Appetit)
  • Compuhire  computer playback (UK)
  • Deluxe 142 Features  digital intermediate
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • HireWorks  Avid Nitris DX rental
  • India Take One Productions  production services: India
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • International Film Guarantors  completion guarantee provided by
  • Jill Streater Music Prep  music preparation
  • Lal Bag  catering
  • Mad Dog Casting  extras casting (UK)
  • Mediacom 24-7  travel agent
  • Movie Lot, The  security
  • Panalux  lighting equipment by
  • Panavision UK  camera equipment provided by
  • Production Copier Company  production equipment and services
  • Red Peppers  catering
  • Sony Classical  soundtrack
  • Twickenham Film Studios  re-recorded at
  • Universal Sound  foley supervision
  • Wiggin  legal services


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  • 20th Century Fox (2012) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Norway (2012) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Australia (2012) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2012) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Netherlands (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through Warner Bros.)
  • Warner Bros. (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through)
  • 20th Century Fox New Zealand (2012) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2012) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Serbia (2012) (Serbia) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox East Africa (2012) (Kenya) (theatrical)
  • FS Film (2012) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox España (2012) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2012) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox Film de Mexico (2012) (Mexico) (theatrical) (as Twentieth Century Fox Film de Mexico S.A.)
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  • SF Home Entertainment (2012) (Sweden) (DVD)
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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Double Negative (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Oliver Atherton known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Luke Bigley known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Karen Clarke known as visual effects producer: Double Negative
  • Michaela Danby known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Michelle Goh known as prep artist: Double Negative
  • Rachael Hender known as visual effects technical director: Double Negative
  • Jody Johnson known as visual effects supervisor: Double Negative
  • Cindy Khoo known as visual effects coordinator: Double Negative
  • Jeff Koh known as compositor: Double Negative (as Jeffrey Koh)
  • Fay McConkey known as visual effects producer: Double Negative
  • Stella Hui Sze Ng known as matchmover: Double Negative (as Stella Ng)
  • Graham Page known as matte painter: Double Negative
  • Enrik Pavdeja known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Corrine Teo known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Christine Wong known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Edward Andrews known as digital compositor: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Fiorenza Bagnariol known as digital film bureau (uncredited)
  • Amirah Busairi known as roto/paint artist (uncredited)
  • Tito Fernandes known as previs artist (uncredited)
  • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau (uncredited)
  • John Palmer known as digital film bureau manager (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Italy 30 November 2011 (Sorrento Incontro Internazionale del Cinema)
  • UK 17 February 2012 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Ireland 24 February 2012
  • UK 24 February 2012
  • Germany 15 March 2012
  • Israel 15 March 2012
  • Austria 16 March 2012
  • Norway 21 March 2012
  • Australia 22 March 2012
  • Denmark 22 March 2012
  • Montenegro 22 March 2012
  • Netherlands 22 March 2012
  • New Zealand 22 March 2012
  • Russia 22 March 2012
  • Serbia 22 March 2012
  • Estonia 23 March 2012
  • Finland 23 March 2012
  • Kenya 23 March 2012
  • South Africa 23 March 2012
  • Spain 23 March 2012
  • Sweden 23 March 2012
  • Belgium 28 March 2012
  • Greece 29 March 2012
  • Kuwait 29 March 2012
  • Italy 30 March 2012
  • Croatia 12 April 2012
  • Slovenia 12 April 2012
  • Portugal 19 April 2012
  • Armenia 20 April 2012
  • Lithuania 20 April 2012
  • Turkey 27 April 2012
  • Hungary 3 May 2012
  • Mexico 4 May 2012
  • USA 4 May 2012 (limited)
  • France 9 May 2012
  • Brazil 11 May 2012
  • Hong Kong 17 May 2012
  • Singapore 17 May 2012
  • India 18 May 2012
  • Taiwan 18 May 2012
  • Argentina 24 May 2012
  • USA 25 May 2012
  • Poland 15 June 2012
  • Venezuela 13 July 2012
  • Chile 2 August 2012
  • Costa Rica 3 August 2012
  • Nicaragua 3 August 2012
  • Panama 3 August 2012
  • Dominican Republic 30 August 2012
  • Uruguay 31 August 2012
  • Peru 6 September 2012
  • Colombia 7 September 2012
  • Japan 21 October 2012 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Japan 1 February 2013

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language



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