A Passage to India
A Passage to India (1984)

Set in the colonial India of the 1920s, this is the epic story of an Indian man who befriends a British woman and then is accused of raping her. Though he is eventually acquitted, he suffers greatly as a result of the accusation.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 14, 1984
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

David Lean's studied, plodding, overanalytic direction manages to kill most of the meaning in E.M. Forster's haunting novel of cultural collision in colonial India.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Forster's novel is one of the literary landmarks of this century, and now David Lean has made it into one of the greatest screen adaptations I have ever seen.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Lean's visually appealing film frequently connects as a social satire and a mystical melodrama of transgressors looking for footholds in psychically threatening territory.

Variety Staff

An impeccably faithful, beautifully played and occasionally languorous adaptation of E.M. Forster's classic novel.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film is very much 'a full theatrical meal,' and one that conveys a lot of 'the multiplicity of life' one seldom sees on the screen these days.

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Christopher Null

Lean isn't on his A-game here, but the film isn't bad.

Time Out

Not for literary purists, but if you like your entertainment well tailored, then feel the quality and the width.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Regardless of what one thinks of David Lean and his old fashioned style, the results here - save perhaps for the casting of Alec Guinness as a Hindu professor - are exquisite.

Emanuel Levy

Lean's swan song is an intelligent adaptation of Forster's complex novel about racil prejudice and sexual repression, flaunting wonderful perfromances from the two leads, Judy Davis and particularly Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Beautiful cinematography.
Pierluigi Puccini
Lean's farewell, a stunning and beautiful tale of prejudice. great soundtrack, grateful performances, an overlooked marvel.
Kevin M. Williams
In an India seething with anti-colonial fervor versus colonial superiority and "duty", a young Englishwoman accuses an Indian doctor of "the… More
Red Lats
Story of racism between British and India in the 19th century. Strangest thing is seeing Alec Guiness in the role of a Hindu wise man.
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The first half of the movie was relatively watchable but the second half was appalling. Why would a woman accuse someone of raping her, and why in God's… More
Lanning : )
God is . . . God si . . . is/si . . . love . . . And here we have mister fists and fingers himself. A superior screen adaptation of one of my all-time favorite… More