Director: John Madden (Shakespeare in Love).With: Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Lillete Dubey, Liza Tarbuck, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Ramona Marquez, Ronald Pickup, Tena Desae, Tom Wilkinson
Another winner for Rockbourne Film Night: The First Exotic Marigold Hotel is the answer to those who ask ‘why don’t they make films like that any more?’
“A charming, funny and heartwarming movie … a smoothly crafted entertainment that makes good use of seven superb veterans.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sunday Times.
And what a cast it is; screen royalty and Rockbourne favourites: Dames Maggie Smith (wheelchair-bound Muriel, a scowling racist only taking the trip to get a cheap hip replacement) and Judy Dench (newly-widowed Evelyn, finally asserting her own will), supported by the cream of British character and comedy actors. Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton are a married couple disillusioned with each other; Tom Wilkinson is an earnest, kindly and single High Court judge, revisiting his youthful past; Celia Imrie, a vivacious gold-digger, and Ronald Pickup – a lonely Lothario reduced to speed-dating. They fall in love, re-find old love, and even change the course of their lives.