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"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a feature film starring Judi Dench and Bill Nighy.

The titular hotel is supposed to be India's answer for the UK's most elegant retirees — a place where they can spend their golden years surrounded by lush amenities — that is, until seven retirees who are in need of a transformation find themselves on the front steps of the not-quite-ready resort. Thus begins a comic, romantic and poignant adventure in a land full of unexpected pleasures, brought to life by some of the most honored and accomplished screen actors of our time.

Arriving in sun-baked Jaipur, with only the hope to begin their life anew amidst their own personal baggage are: the bereaved and financially stranded Evelyn (Judi Dench), the disillusioned High Court Judge Graham (Tom Wilkinson), the quarrelsome couple Douglas and Jean (Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton), the die-hard love seekers Norman (Ronald Pickup) and Madge (Celia Imrie), and Muriel (Maggie Smith) — who intends to have her hip replaced and immediately leave India for good. They are all at the mercy of the hotel's ambitiously naïve young owner, Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), who inherited the once sophisticated building from his father hoping to turn it into a high end luxury hotel. So far, he might only have chaos to offer, but what Sonny lacks in resources, he makes up for in enthusiasm.

Still, the new residents are aghast to find "improvements" to the property have stalled, leaving such amenities as water, electricity and phones iffy at best. They are equally disoriented by an India full of contrasts, at once intoxicating and frightening, traditional and modern, beautiful and strange. At first, these seven newcomers seem unsure about what the future might hold. However, as they begin to forge new friendships, they make some unexpected discoveries and start to let go of the past.

The cast cast includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Dev Patel.

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is produced by Participant Media, ImageNation Abu Dhabi and Blueprint Pictures. The film is directed by John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love") from a script by Ol Parker and based on the novel "These Foolish Things" by Deborah Moggach. The producers are Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin of Blueprint Pictures. The executive producers are Jeff Skoll, Ricky Strauss and Jonathan King.


Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 124 mins.
Release Date: May 25, 2012
Country: UK
Language(s): English, Hindi
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Production Companies:
Participant Media
ImageNation Abu Dhabi
Blueprint Pictures

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