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The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 3,852 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 8 August 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 122 min
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  • IMDb page: The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 3,852 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 8 August 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 122 min
  • Filming Location: France
  • Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $34,247,372 (USA) (27 August 2014)
  • Director: Lasse Hallstr√∂m
  • Stars: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: A.R. Rahman   
  • Soundtrack: Yesterday When I Was Young
  • Sound Mix: Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Chef | Restaurant | Paris France | Restaurant Kitchen | Restaurant Business

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Steven Knight  screenplay
  • Richard C. Morais  book

Known Trivia

  • The upscale restaurant in Paris is actually Georges at the top of the Pompidou Centre although renamed in the movie apparently as a fictional restaurant. 9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Factual errors: Hassan's hollandaise sauce was made incorrectly – with olive oil, not butter. (Using olive oil might produce aioli or mayonnaise, but never hollandaise)l

Plot: The Kadam family clashes with Madame Mallory, proprietress of a celebrated French restaurant, after they open their own nearby eatery, until undeniable chemistry causes the Madame to take gifted young chef Hassan under her wing. Full summary »  »

Story: The family of talented cook, Hassan Kadam, has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up a Indian restaurant there. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory’s acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates in personal intensity until it goes too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding that will change both sides forever. Written byKenneth Chisholm (


Synopsis: In the opening scene, at a customs office, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) explains to French Immigration why he and his family want to live in France: his family had owned a restaurant in Mumbai, but on an election night, there was a riot and their restaurant was set on fire, killing his mother who was the chef. He learned everything about cooking from her and has been trying to teach himself as his Papa moves the family about Europe. He fondly remembers buying sea urchins, the seller exclaiming that he gets cooking. Admitting he doesnt have any proof that he knows how to cook, except to offer a homemade samosa and saying that English produce isnt good enough, the Kadam family is allowed in.

Papa (Om Puri) is driving the family throughout the French countryside, trying out random vegetable gardens, when their old van finally gives out in the hills above Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, a small village. A young woman passes by, offering to take them to the local mechanic. The family (also brothers Mansur and Mukthar and sisters Mahira and Aisha) push the van into town. Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), the woman, brings them to her apartment and offers a snack- a huge platter of radishes, butter and salt; home baked bread; large, fresh tomatoes; olives she picked and cured herself and little pastries. Delighted, Papa eagerly looks forward to bargaining with the hotel in town, much to Mansurs dismay.

In the morning, Papa discovers an abandoned restaurant. As he and Hassan are exploring, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) announces they are trespassing. She admits she is not the owner either, but keeping an eye on the property for the owner who is in Paris. Again, Papa wants to bargain with the owner and soon we see the family cleaning up the restaurant to turn it into Maison Mumbai. The family finds out the reason why Madame is so hostile- she owns the restaurant just across the street: Le Saule Pleureur, a one star Michelin restaurant.

Hassan finds mildewed French cookbooks in the kitchen as they prepare for the opening and strikes up a friendship with Marguerite, who he discovers is the sous chef at Madames. Madame runs a tight ship, scolding employees for serving limp asparagus, saying food should be passionate. She visits her competition, demanding they turn down their Indian music and studies a menu which she takes with her. On opening day, Papa and Hassan travel to market only to discover Madame has snatched up all the crawfish, mushrooms and everything else in town on their opening night menu. Scrambling to save the day, the family forages the river and forest for the needed ingredients and manages to snag customers with native costumes, Mahiras smile and forceful behavior.

Madame appeals to the mayor to close Maison Mumbai for various citations, but he appreciates the food too much. Papa turns the tables on Madame and purchases all the ingredients in town for pigeon truffle, one of the restaurants renowned dishes. Marguerite tells him that Madame doesnt interview job applicants, but asks them to prepare an omelet, knowing from one bite, whether or not they have it." Instead, he offers the pigeon (the recipe stolen with a bribe from Papa from one of the cooks), which she dumps in the trash. This is now war (cue the angry chopping).

Madame tells her head chef, Jean-Pierre that he is a soldier, which he takes too seriously and has friends torch Maison Mumbai. Horrified, she personally scrubs their wall free of graffiti, fires Jean-Pierre and accepts when Hassan asks to make her an omelet, although he has to direct her since he severely burned his hands in the attack. His omelet includes Indian spices, onions, cilantro and spicy peppers. She raves after one bite and humbly admits that chefs must study for years for what he instinctively knows and admits that his pigeon was wonderful too.

After a brief haggle with Papa over salary, Hassan moves across the street (one hundred feet), leaving behind his disappointed younger sister and hesitant older brother (who now has to cook) to polish off his cooking skills with Madame and Marguerite. At the end of one year, Hassan and Le Saule Pleureur has received the much coveted second Michelin star and Marguerites controlled anger for she has been working for years to be head chef and also because Hassan will now be courted by many Parisian restaurants. The widowed Madame has clearly warmed to the Kadam family, calling Mahira a beauty, cooing to the younger children and feeding Papa a truffle.

Another year later and Hassan is burnt out. He is much applauded, but he has taken up drinking (wine is considered strange in Indian culture). One night before Michelin stars are announced, he scolds a sous chef for ruining a sea urchin dish and finds a fellow Indian co-worker enjoying food send from home. Soon he is taking a train back to Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, where he tells Marguerite that he has a business proposition for her. Secretly cooking sea urchin for Bastille Day, they consummate their relationship before Madame (who is now Papa’s "almost" girlfriend) introduces them as the new partners of her restaurant to her guests and the Kadam family, who didnt even know that Hassan was back in town. When Hassans phone rings, Papa sees that the call was from Michelin and implores him to call them back, but Hassan insists that he and Marguerite will get a third star next year at Le Saule Pleureur.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Raphaël Benoliel known as co-producer
  • Juliet Blake known as producer
  • Caroline Hewitt known as executive producer
  • Jonathan King known as executive producer
  • Tabrez Noorani known as line producer: India
  • Pravesh Sahni known as associate producer: India
  • Jeff Skoll known as executive producer
  • Steven Spielberg known as producer
  • Oprah Winfrey known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Helen Mirren known as Madame Mallory
  • Om Puri known as Papa
  • Manish Dayal known as Hassan
  • Charlotte Le Bon known as Marguerite
  • Amit Shah known as Mansur
  • Farzana Dua Elahe known as Mahira
  • Dillon Mitra known as Mukthar
  • Aria Pandya known as Aisha
  • Michel Blanc known as Mayor
  • Clément Sibony known as Jean-Pierre
  • Vincent Elbaz known as Paul
  • Juhi Chawla known as Mama
  • Alban Aumard known as Marcel
  • Shuna Lemoine known as Mayor's Wife
  • Antoine Blanquefort known as Thomas
  • Malcolm Granath known as Swedish Chef
  • Abhijit Buddhisagar known as Baleine Grise Porter
  • Rohan Chand known as Hassan (7 years old)
  • Masood Akhtar known as Anwar
  • Arthur Mazet known as Waiter
  • Laetitia de Fombelle known as Female Officer
  • Cédric Weber known as Officer
  • Piero Filippi known as Dog Walker
  • Robert Gailhard known as Mushroom Stall Soldier
  • Matyelok Gibbs known as Lady Shepherd
  • Paul Daubeze known as Poultry Man
  • Didier Joy known as Monsieur Itan
  • Max Rangotte known as Angry Man
  • Saachi Parekh known as Young Aisha
  • Shaunak Parekh known as Young Mukhtar
  • Stéphanie Renouvin known as Newsreader
  • Audrey Meschi known as Baleine Grise Cook
  • Christian Allieres known as Cafe Server
  • Patrick Blatger known as Mechanic
  • Frederic Violante known as Bike Rider
  • Chantal Filippi known as Dog Walker's Wife
  • Sanjay Sharma known as Mob Leader
  • Morgan Perez known as Guard
  • Hélène Cardona known as French Food Critic (uncredited)
  • Jean Kinsella known as French Critic (uncredited)
  • Emanuele Secci known as Italian Food Critic (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Veronique Bosle known as key hair stylist
  • Luize Joyce Margaret known as key hair stylist
  • Hue Lan Van Duc known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Nathalie Delvigne known as assistant art director
  • Pierre Farinole known as stand-by props
  • Yvan Hart known as chief modeller
  • Delphine Houdas known as carpenter
  • Régis Marduel known as assistant property master
  • Thierry Poulet known as draftsman
  • Arthur Wicks known as property master




Production Companies:

  • Amblin Entertainment
  • DreamWorks Studios
  • Harpo Films
  • Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ (as Imagenation)
  • Participant Media
  • Reliance Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • AIRWare Technology  data delivery
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies (uncredited)
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Participant Media  funding
  • Robertson Taylor  motor insurance
  • Sky Media Travel  travel agent
  • Soundtrack New York  post-production sound services
  • Vantage Film  camera equipment provided by


  • Constantin Film (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment One Benelux (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft. (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Japan (2014) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) (2014) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2014) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • NOS Audiovisuais (2014) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Pinema (2014) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Touchstone Pictures (2014) (USA) (all media)
  • TriPictures (2014) (Spain) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Dynamic Effects Canada
  • Mavericks VFX
  • Mr. X (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • David Alexander known as cg artist: Switch VFX
  • Alex Branton known as digital compositor
  • Jon Campfens known as visual effects supervisor: Switch VFX
  • Daniela Campos Little known as senior matchmove artist: Mr X Inc
  • Andy Chan known as senior visual effects compositor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Cyril Frederick Chu known as matte painter
  • Rob Del Ciancio known as digital compositor
  • Paul DeOliveira known as visual effects artist
  • Becca Donohoe known as compositing production manager
  • Mitchell Ferm known as visual effects producer
  • Robert Greb known as digital compositor
  • Trey Harrell known as lighting supervisor: mr. x
  • Gudrun Heinze known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
  • Jeremy Johnson known as digital compositor
  • Natalya Kuzmina known as visual effects artist
  • Mai-Ling Lee known as cg supervisor
  • Sunkwan Lee known as visual effects artist
  • Jef Lonn known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
  • Vimal Reddy Mallireddy known as fx artist: Mr. X Inc
  • Mel Martin known as visual effects coordinator
  • Beau Parsons known as visual effects coordinator: Switch VFX
  • Matt Ralph known as tracking artist
  • David Roby known as digital artist
  • Brandon Rogers known as cg artist: Switch VFX
  • Seema Schere known as matte painter: Mr. X Inc.
  • Rob Sischy known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration
  • Brendan Taylor known as visual effects supervisor
  • Mark Thomas-Stubbs known as visual effects artist
  • Ryan Van Steenburgh known as digital compositor: Switch VFX
  • Aaron Weintraub known as visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc
  • Matt 'Readyman' Whelan known as visual effects artist: Mavericks VFX
  • Edson Williams known as visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
  • Celine Zoleta known as visual effects coordinator

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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