Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
India/United Kingdom, 1988. Merchant Ivory Productions, Michael White Productions, Cinecom Pictures, Film Four International, Master Productions. Screenplay by Michael Hirst, based on the novel by John Masters. Cinematography by Walter Lassally. Produced by Ismail Merchant. Music by John Scott. Production Design by Ken Adam. Costume Design by Jenny Beavan, John Bright. Film Editing by Richard Trevor.
This exotic adventure takes place during the days of British-controlled India, with Pierce Brosnan as a high-ranking British officer in charge of a fair area of land. When he discovers that tribes on his land are being ritualistically murdered by unseen assassins, he decides to go undercover among the people to find out who the culprits are. His investigation leads him to the discovery of the Thugees, a secret Indian cult who worship the goddess Kali and murder and steal in her name. There is so much room for this film to be another Lives Of A Bengal Lancer, and director Nicholas Meyer shows this in his beautiful camerawork, but the screenplay is limited and doesn’t allow for enough adventure beyond a kinky bedroom romp and a tiger hunt.