The Deceivers

1988/India, 113 minutes

  • Music: John Scott
  • Director: Nicholas Meyer
  • Producer: Ismail Merchant
  • Screen Writer: Michael Hirst
  • Author (Based On): John Masters
  • Editor: Richard Trevor
  • Costume Designer: John Bright
  • Costume Designer: Jenny Beavan
  • Production Designer: Ken Adam
  • Photographer: Walter Lassally
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In the early 1980's Merchant first set in motion a project of which he had long dreamed, and that he was to do outside of his usual collaboration with Jhabvala and Ivory, the making of The Deceivers. The Deceiversis adapted from the John Masters novel, set in India in 1825, which depicts the exploits of William Savage (based on William Sleeman of the Indian Political Service), who disguises himself as an Indian in order to expose and destroy a secret cult whose members, the infamous Thugees, ritually murdered and robbed travelers in the name of the goddess Kali. Merchant had read the novel years before, been struck by it, and later decided to film it. The movie was slow in getting into production, however, and once into that stage presented such an array of problems as to stagger even Merchant. An entire book, Hullabaloo in Old Jeypore: The Making of "The Deceivers", was needed for Merchant to set down all that occurred.

Cast

  • Julal AghaNawab
  • R. P. SondhiPrisoner
  • Akbar BakshiThug
  • Kammo .Official
  • Dilip Singh RathoreSowar
  • David RobbGeorge Angelsmith
  • Bijoya JenaHarlot
  • Rajesh VivekPriest
  • Giles MastersCaptain Devril
  • Helena MichellSarah Wilson
  • Neena GuptaWidow
  • Dalip TahilDaffadar Ganesha
  • Nilesh MalhotraThug
  • Harish MagonSepoy
  • Saeed JaffreyHussein
  • Gary CadyLieutenant Maunsell
  • Kanwaljit .Gopal
  • Ramesh GoyalThug
  • Goga KapoorSher Dil
  • Tariq YunusFeringea
  • Hilla SethnaChandra Singh's Maidservant
  • Amin .Thug
  • H.N. KallaNawab's Servant
  • Ramesh RangaRajput's Son
  • Keith MichellColonel Wilson
  • Nayeem HafizkaSepoy
  • Tim Van RellimReverend Matthias
  • Manmaujee .Ferryman
  • Shashi KapoorChandra Singh
  • Salim GhousePiroo
  • Shanmukha ScrinivasHira Lal
  • Haroon KhanThug
  • Manmohan KrishnaOld Rajput
  • Pierce BrosnanWilliam Savage

Crew

  • Music: John Scott
  • Director: Nicholas Meyer
  • Producer: Ismail Merchant
  • Screen Writer: Michael Hirst
  • Author (Based On): John Masters
  • Editor: Richard Trevor
  • Costume Designer: John Bright
  • Costume Designer: Jenny Beavan
  • Production Designer: Ken Adam
  • Photographer: Walter Lassally

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