The Far Pavilions

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Overview

The lavishly produced three-part telemovie The Far Pavilions was adapted from the best-selling novel by M.M. Kaye. Set in colonial India during the second Afghan war, the film concerns the exploits of Ashton Pelham-Martyn Ben Cross, a British officer. Born and raised in India, Pelham-Martyn finds himself a victim of his own divided loyalties as he leads a campaign against the rebellious tribal leaders on the northwestern frontier. The meat of the drama is Pelham-Martyn's "forbidden" romance with his lifelong ...
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Overview

The lavishly produced three-part telemovie The Far Pavilions was adapted from the best-selling novel by M.M. Kaye. Set in colonial India during the second Afghan war, the film concerns the exploits of Ashton Pelham-Martyn Ben Cross, a British officer. Born and raised in India, Pelham-Martyn finds himself a victim of his own divided loyalties as he leads a campaign against the rebellious tribal leaders on the northwestern frontier. The meat of the drama is Pelham-Martyn's "forbidden" romance with his lifelong friend, half-caste Hindu princess Anjuli Amy Irving. The supporting cast includes the illustrious likes of Omar Sharif and Christopher Lee. Filmed on location on a budget of $12 million the most costly made-for-cable movie up to 1984, The Far Pavilions originally aired over the HBO service on April 22, 23 and 24, 1984.
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Special Features

Production Notes from Amy Irving and Ben Cross and M.M. Kaye Biography and Book List
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Set in the India of the maharajahs at the beginning of British military occupation in 1858, this miniseries portrays a love affair that struggles for survival against deep ethnic and cultural prejudice. Served up in five hours and 21 minutes of pomp and circumstance, the production regales the eye with bejeweled royalty, ornate palaces, processions of elephants in full ceremonial brocade, and knightly heroes wielding swords and six-guns against a backdrop of sky-scraping mountains and blood-red sunsets. The forbidden romance between lower-caste Indian Princess Anjuli (Amy Irving) and British officer Ashton Pelham-Martyn (Ben Cross), an orphan reared by Indian parents, presents a familiar literary and film motif: Love knows no boundaries -- family, ethnic, political, or cultural. The purity of their love, which is blind to social and cultural taboos, preaches a message that India, Britain, and all the world should heed. Unfortunately, minor details flaw the production. For example, Amy Irving -- browned with splotchy makeup -- looks more like a roasted chestnut than an Indian princess. In addition, Pelham-Martyn's ability to kill with a revolver shot from hip level at distant targets (à la Roy Rogers and Gene Autry) ruins the sense of realism. Cross and Irving perform capably, but it is the supporting actors who carry the day. For example, Rossano Brazzi is surprisingly good as the hedonistic Raja of Bhitour. His accent, his superior air, and his makeup all work. In addition, Omar Sharif -- who is protean in his ability to portray ethnic characters -- is superb as Koda Dad, a Muslim master of horses who was a father figure to Pelham-Martyn when he was growing up. Throughout the film, the cinematography captures the wondrous Indian landscape, including the "far pavilions" -- the lofty mountain ranges that allow history to play out beneath them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 054961867899
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Presentation: Reissue
  • Time: 5:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,185

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rossano Brazzi
John Gielgud
Christopher Lee
Omar Sharif
Benedict Taylor
Ben Cross Ashton Pelham Martyn
Amy Irving Anjuli
Carl Davis Conductor
Technical Credits
Peter Duffell Director
Peter Boita Editor
Julian Bond Screenwriter
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Carl Davis Score Composer
Raymond Hughes Costumes/Costume Designer
John Jympson Editor
Robert Laing Production Designer
John Peverall Executive Producer
Geoffrey Reeve Producer
George Richardson Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Far Pavilions: Episodes 1-3
1. When This Story Really Began [6:47]
2. Ashton or Ashok? [12:07]
3. The North West Frontier [11:45]
4. A Life and a Half [8:25]
5. Keeping Quiet [7:17]
6. Blood Brothers [10:11]
1. A Frontier Legend [4:35]
2. Billeted [8:49]
3. Superstition [11:31]
4. Ordered to Escort [7:29]
5. A Dangerous Path [7:22]
6. The Other Half [11:25]
1. Too Acute [6:25]
2. Gone Off Alone [6:52]
3. A Slow Recovery [8:28]
4. A Third Person [8:13]
5. The Storm [12:08]
6. A Shot in the Night [6:17]
Disc #2 -- Far Pavilions: Episodes 4-6
1. I Am Ashok [5:36]
2. Arrival at Bhithor [6:59]
3. Negotiations [11:25]
4. Move Out [8:25]
5. Wedding [11:33]
6. Bearing the Festivities [8:03]
1. War in Afghanistan [10:24]
2. The Time Has Come [5:50]
3. A Spy in Kabul [9:14]
4. Demanding Pay [7:22]
5. Rearm and Regroup [7:02]
6. Ash Rides [7:32]
1. The Final Charge [5:37]
2. His Duty Fulfilled [6:17]
3. The Bhithor [7:20]
4. Suttee [15:18]
5. Making Their Escape [9:08]
6. With All My Heart [7:23]
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Disc #1 -- Far Pavilions: Episodes 1-3
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Disc #2 -- Far Pavilions: Episodes 4-6
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