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The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

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Adventure, Comedy, Drama |

The Darjeeling Limited is a American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson which he co-produced with Scott Rudin, Roman Coppola and Lydia Dean Pilcher and co-wrote with Coppola and Jason Schwartzman. The film stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Schwartzman as three estranged brothers who agree to meet in India a year after their father’s funeral for a “spiritual journey” aboard a luxury train. The cast also includes Waris Ahluwalia, Amara Karan, Barbet Schroeder and Anjelica Huston with Natalie Portman, Camilla Rutherford, Irrfan Khan and Bill Murray in cameo roles.

The film was released on October 26, 2007 by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film received generally favorable reviews from critics and earned $35 million on a $17.5 million budget. The film premiered at the 64th Venice International Film Festival in competition for the Golden Lion and was named among the Top Films of the Year at the NYFCO Awards in 2007.

A businessman in India fails to catch his train—called “The Darjeeling Limited”—as it pulls out of a station; he is beaten to it by a younger man, Peter Whitman. Peter reunites with brothers Francis and Jack on board, the three having not seen each other since their father’s funeral a year earlier.

Francis has recently survived a near-fatal motorcycle accident, and thus wishes to reconnect with his brothers on a journey of spiritual self-discovery. He is also secretly searching for their mother, whom the brothers have not seen in many years. With the help of his assistant Brendan, Francis draws up a strict itinerary for the trip and takes his brothers’ passports to prevent them from getting off the train too early. The three also continue to grieve over their father’s death: carrying bags and suitcases marked with his initials, along with other personal items that belonged to him.

Director: Wes Anderson

Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman

Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan, Wallace Wolodarsky, Waris Ahluwalia, Irrfan Khan

Cast:

Owen WilsonFrancis
Adrien BrodyPeter
Jason SchwartzmanJack
Amara KaranRita
Wallace WolodarskyBrendan (as Wally Wolodarsky)
Waris AhluwaliaThe Chief Steward
Irrfan KhanThe Father
Barbet SchroederThe Mechanic
Camilla RutherfordAlice
Bill MurrayThe Businessman
Anjelica HustonPatricia
A.P. SinghTaxi Driver
Kumar PallanaOld Man
Dalpat SinghWaiter
Trudy MatthysGerman Lady #1 (as Trudy Mathis)
Margot GödrösGerman Lady #2 (as Margot Godros)
Hitesh SindiElectronics Vendor
Kishen LalShoe Vendor
Bhawani SankarPepper Spray Vendor
Mukhtiar BhaiPet Shop Vendor
Suraj KumarShoeshine Boy
Kapil DubeyBoy on Bicycle
Mulchand DedhiaEngineer
Dinesh BishnoiOldest Boy
Mukesh BishnoiMiddle Boy
Ramesh BishnoiYoungest Boy
Sriharsh SharmaBoy with Handkerchief
Chanduram BishnoiVillage Elder
Sajjanji BishnoiDoctor
Pukaram BishnoiOld Man in Village
Shushila DeviMother
Ratan Lal JiVillager
Arun BishnoiVillager
Jhalaram BishnoiVillager
Mularam BishnoiVillager
Anand PatheVillager
Bhawar LalVillager
Kaana RamVillager
Rupa RamVillager
Shava RamVillager
Ruka RamVillager
Bhura RamVillager
Buramji RamVillager
Tuka RamVillager
Bhanwar SinghVillager
Bhanwar PaliwalVillager
Moti RamVillager
Kishna RamVillager
Khewal Ram PaliwalVillager
Rajeev AcharyaVillager (as Ravi Acharya)
Jai Prakash SharmaMan on Bus
Badhri DaveHindu Priest
Vincetta EasleyGarage Cashier
John Joseph GallagherTow Truck Driver
G.B. SinghPilot (as Captain G.B. Singh)
Bhavna NarangFlight Attendant
Sunil ChhabraCo-Pilot
Narender Singh HadaCo-Pilot
Thupten GyatsoOberoi
Gurdeep SinghChief Steward – Bengal Lancer
Charu ShankarStewardess – Bengal Lancer
Natalie PortmanJack’s Ex-Girlfriend

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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