The Darjeeling Limited

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Overview

Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited stars Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody as three brothers who, at the insistence of the oldest, take a train ride through India together in order to strengthen their bond. Even though the vacation goes wrong in ways they do not anticipate, the strangeness of their setting and some revealing honesty produces some surprising changes between them all.
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Overview

Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited stars Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and Adrien Brody as three brothers who, at the insistence of the oldest, take a train ride through India together in order to strengthen their bond. Even though the vacation goes wrong in ways they do not anticipate, the strangeness of their setting and some revealing honesty produces some surprising changes between them all.
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Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Anderson and cowriters Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola; Behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Broverman - discussion between Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory on the music used in the film; Anderson's American Express commercial; On-set footage shot by Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwala; Audition footage; Deleted and alternate scenes; Stills galleries form James Hamilton, Laura Wilson, and Sylvia Plachy; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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Darjeeling Limited is a directionless journey in the company of troubled but loveable people through strange and beautiful places. That just so happens to be the best way to describe it, both literally and figuratively. The story follows three disillusioned brothers played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman on a train ride through India, hoping to discover themselves, each other, and a sense of spiritual enlightenment. Their destination is never clear and neither is the film's. This creates something of a conundrum for the critic, because while meandering in a film is usually considered a textbook flaw, here it was the director's very intent. And while at times it can feel trying, for the most part, you're delighted to join in the beauty of the film's mostly aimless journey. So you're left with this difficult question: if the meandering nature of the movie ends up having a meaning in and of itself, and if it helps to conjure the characters' sense of confusion and wonder, is it really such a bad thing? Don't answer yet, because the enigmas don't end there. With Darjeeling Anderson's fifth feature film, the director has embraced and arguably perfected his trademark quirky and precious style like never before, constructing every frame out of meticulously placed ornamentation and injecting every interchange with the utmost combination of quippiness and heart. And Darjeeling is particularly confectionary, even for an Anderson movie: every person and place is painted with equal adorable oddness. It's not that he paints in broad, caricaturish strokes, but that he painstakingly creates every human and non-human element through the same peculiar fisheye, a child's perception smooshed with the complexities of adult life. This creates another conundrum for critics: does Anderson play it too safe by continuing to pursue the same precise style, or would he be selling out if he abandoned it just for the sake of his cred? The truth is that, personal tastes aside, the quality of Darjeeling Limited as a film really can't be argued. Fans of Wes Anderson love him for his own unique take on filmmaking, and despite many imitators, he's still the only one who does it -- let alone does it well. The film may not be heavy on subtext the brothers physically carry a heaping pile of baggage around with them throughout their adventures, but it just doesn't have to be. Again, it's that childlike perspective that Anderson employs. There's no need for the pretense of murky symbology when the film already speaks to such vital concepts as love and loneliness with guileless humor and creativity -- not to mention aching beauty. The cynic in us all may scowl at sweetness for the sake of sweetness, but is that really a valuable criticism when, in the end, it still makes us smile? There are plenty of moments in Darjeeling Limited where it seems like it should be scoffed at, but you never actually want to do the scoffing. You want to just let the film be what it is, lovingly enraptured as it breaks all the rules.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • UPC: 715515063319
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 4,128

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Owen Wilson Francis, Francis Whitman
Adrien Brody Peter, Peter Whitman
Jason Schwartzman Jack, Jack Whitman
Amara Karan Rita
Wallace Wolodarsky Brendan
Waris Ahluwalia The Chief Steward
Irfan Khan The Father
Barbet Schroeder The Mechanic
Camilla Rutherford Alice
Bill Murray The Businessman
Anjelica Huston Patricia
Archana Puran Singh Taxi Driver
Kumar Pallana Old Man
Dalpat Singh Waiter
Trudy Mathis German Lady #1
Margot Godros German Lady #2
Hitesh Sindi Electronics Vendor
Kishen Lal Shoe Vendor
Bhawani Sankar Pepper Spray Vendor
Mukhtiar Bhai Pet Shop Vendor
Suraj Kumar Shoeshine Boy
Kapil Dubey Boy on Bicycle
Mulchand Dedhia Engineer
Dinesh Bishnoi Oldest Boy
Mukesh Bishnoi Middle Boy
Ramesh Bishnoi Youngest Boy
Sriharsh Sharma Boy With Handkerchief
Chanduram Bishnoi Village Elder
Sajjanji Bishnoi Doctor
Pukaram Bishnoi Old Man in Village
Shushila Devi Mother
Ratan Lal Ji Villager
Arun Bishnoi Villager
Jhalaram Bishnoi Villager
Mularam Bishnoi Villager
Anand Pathe Villager
Bhawar Lal Villager
Kaana Ram Villager
Rupa Ram Villager
Shava Ram Villager
Ruka Ram Villager
Bhura Ram Villager
Buramji Ram Villager
Tuka Ram Villager
Bhanwar Singh Villager
Bhanwar Paliwal Villager
Moti Ram Villager
Kishna Ram Villager
Khewal Ram Paliwal Villager
Ravi Acharya Villager
Jai Prakash Sharma Villager
Badhri Dave Hindu Priest
Vincetta Easley Garage Cashier
John Joseph Gallagher Tow Truck Driver
Captain G.B. Singh Pilot
Bhavna Narang Flight Attendant
Sunil Chhabra Co-Pilot
Narender Singh Hada Co-Pilot
Thupten Gyatso Oberoi
Gurdeep Singh Chief Steward (Bengal Lancer)
Charu Shankar Stewardess (Bengal Lancer)
Natalie Portman Jack's X-Girlfriend
Andrew Massey Tiger Puppeteer
Technical Credits
Wes Anderson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Harish Amin Production Manager
Alice Bamford Co-producer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Emilie Cherpitel Asst. Director
Roman Coppola Producer, Screenwriter
Blaise Corrigan Stunts
Jeremy Dawson Co-producer
Roopa De Choudhury Consultant/advisor
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Frances Hannon Makeup
Anadil Hossain Co-producer
Simona Migliotti Set Decoration/Design
Lydia Dean Pilcher Producer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Prasad Productions Camera Operator
Steven Rales Executive Producer
Jitendra Singh Rana Stunts
Rishi Rana Stunts
Jacob Ribicoff Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Jason Schwartzman Screenwriter
Aradhana Seth Art Director
Keith Siglinger Stunts
Vishal Singh Stunts
Adam Stockhausen Art Director
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Weisblum Editor
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer
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