Bhowani Junction

Overview

Ava Gardner was never more alluring than as the half-caste heroine of Bhowani Junction. Set during India's battle for independence from Britain, the film begins with Gardner returning to her native land after spending several years in England. Her true loyalties, and her own sense of who she really is, are put to the test by the two men in her life: Stewart Granger, whose job it is to prevent saboteurs from destroying the trains at Bhowani Junction, and Bill Travers, another half-caste. When she kills a potential...
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Overview

Ava Gardner was never more alluring than as the half-caste heroine of Bhowani Junction. Set during India's battle for independence from Britain, the film begins with Gardner returning to her native land after spending several years in England. Her true loyalties, and her own sense of who she really is, are put to the test by the two men in her life: Stewart Granger, whose job it is to prevent saboteurs from destroying the trains at Bhowani Junction, and Bill Travers, another half-caste. When she kills a potential rapist in self-defense, Gardner is given comfort by Communist insurrectionist Peter Illing, further dividing her fidelities. A climactic attempt on the life of Mahatma Gandhi provides a rousing finish to this romantic melodrama. Bhowani Junction was adapted from the novel by John Masters.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Bhowani Junction wants to be an "important" film, being set as it is, in a crucial period of world history, the liberation of India from colonial rule. Unfortunately, Bhowani's ambitions are not realized, and it comes across as a rather turgid melodrama that just happens to take palce in (and exploit) an important historical setting. It's possible that this is due to studio interference on the part of MGM, as director George Cukor has claimed that the film -- which was significantly cut and altered by the studio -- doesn't conform to his more complicated vision of the project. Whatever the case, the resulting Bhowani is entertaining enough on its own simple (and occasionally simple-minded) terms, but one wishes it had more heft to it, as well as more genuine excitement. Since what remains of the picture is a run-of-the-mill romance, it would help if it had some real "zing" to it. It also would help if it had cmore consistency, but the film chugs along in fits and starts and changes its mind frequently as to whether it's a history, a romance, a social study or an all-out adventure. The cast certainly helps, with both Ava Gardner and Stewart Granger in very fine physical form, and both doing what they can with the material. Bill Travers is rather insipid, but the supporting cast is strong, and the physical production is quite good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316125922
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,656

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ava Gardner Victoria Jones
Stewart Granger Col. Rodney Savage
Bill Travers Patrick Taylor
Abraham Sofaer Surabhai
Francis Matthews Ranjit Kasel
Peter Illing Ghamshayam
Marne Maitland Govindaswami
Edward Chapman Thomas Jones
Freda Jackson The Sadani
Lionel Jeffries Lt. Graham McDaniel
Alan Tilvern Ted Dunphy
Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Gene Allen Production Designer
Pandro S. Berman Producer
George Boemler Editor
Frank Clarke Editor
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
John Howell Production Designer
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
Ivan Moffat Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Freddie Young Cinematographer
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