Merchant Ivory films

by vassilisliar | created - 31 Mar 2018 | updated - 31 Mar 2018 | Public

All the movies made by James Ivory and Ismail Merchant in random order

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1. The Householder (1963)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

A young Indian newlywed finds his independent wife troublesome and seeks help and advice from his overbearing mother, a supposedly worldly wise friend, an American seeker of enlightenment and a swami.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Leela Naidu, Durga Khote, Achala Sachdev

Votes: 351

2. Shakespeare-Wallah (1965)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

The story of a family troupe of English actors in India. They travel around the towns and villages giving performances of Shakespearean plays. Through their travels we see the changing face... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Felicity Kendal, Geoffrey Kendal, Laura Liddell

Votes: 661 | Gross: $0.00M

3. The Guru (1969)

G | 112 min | Comedy

Britain's top pop artiste, Tom Pickle, travels to Bombay, India, circa 1960s to learn to play the sitar (musical instrument) from renowned maestro Ustad Zafar Khan. Tom is taken to Zafar's ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Michael York, Utpal Dutt, Madhur Jaffrey

Votes: 135

4. The Mummy (1969)

102 min | Drama

An Upper-Egyptian clan robs a cache of mummies and sells the artifacts on the illicit antiquities black market. After a conflict within the clan, one of its members goes to the police, helping the Antiquities Service find the cache.

Director: Chadi Abdel Salam | Stars: Ahmed Marei, Ahmad Hegazi, Nadia Lutfi, Mohamed Abdel Rahman

Votes: 1,246

5. Bombay Talkie (1970)

GP | 112 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Lucia Lane, an English writer by way of the US, arrives in Bombay to watch the filming of one of her novels. She's nearing middle age, she's had several husbands, she's lonely and ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Jennifer Kendal, Zia Mohyeddin, Aparna Sen

Votes: 438

6. Savages (1972)

R | 106 min | Fantasy, Comedy

An allegory about humankind progresses from a savage state to a civilized form, that is only a cover for its innate barbarism.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Susan Blakely, Margaret Brewster, Thayer David, Neil Fitzgerald

Votes: 334

7. The Wild Party (1975)

R | 95 min | Drama, Comedy

With the arrival of talking pictures, a silent film comedian (a Fatty Arbuckle-type) throws a lavish party to try and save his failing career. His plan is to release one last, great silent ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling

Votes: 533

8. Autobiography of a Princess (1975)

Not Rated | 58 min | Drama

On the anniversary of her father's death, an Indian princess (Madhur Jaffrey) celebrates his memory in her London apartment by having tea and showing a selection of home movies to her guest... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Mason, Madhur Jaffrey, Keith Varnier, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 238

9. Roseland (1977)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Music, Romance

"Roseland" is made up of three stories, sometimes connecting, all set in the famed New York dance palace, and all having the same theme: finding the right dance partner.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Teresa Wright, Lou Jacobi, Don De Natale, Louise Kirtland

Votes: 428

11. The Europeans (1979)

90 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

It's the mid-nineteenth century. Adult siblings Felix Young and Eugenia Munster were born and raised in Europe and have a somewhat bohemian lifestyle reflective of their travels throughout ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Lee Remick, Robin Ellis, Wesley Addy, Tim Choate

Votes: 831

12. Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980)

108 min | Drama, Romance

Two teachers vie for the right to stage a play written by Jane Austen when she was twelve years old.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: David Redden, Michael Wager, Robert Powell, Gael Hammer

Votes: 236

13. Quartet (1981)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Marya Zelli finds herself penniless after her art dealer husband, Stephan, is convicted of theft. Marya accepts the hospitality of a strange couple, H.J. and Lois Heidler, who lets her live in their house.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Suzanne Flon, Sébastien Floche, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 1,212 | Gross: $0.01M

14. The Courtesans of Bombay (1983 TV Movie)

74 min | Documentary, Music

Roughly structured over 24 hours, we visit Pavan Pool, a compound in Bombay where poor women sing, dance, and engage in prostitution. By day, they practice singing and dancing, both ... See full summary »

Director: Ismail Merchant | Stars: Saeed Jaffrey, Zohra Sehgal, Kareem Samar

Votes: 91

15. Heat and Dust (1983)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. As Anne delves into the history of her grand-aunt, she is led to reconsider her own life.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Julie Christie, Greta Scacchi, Christopher Cazenove, Julian Glover

Votes: 1,569 | Gross: $0.02M

16. The Bostonians (1984)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A Boston feminist and a conservative Southern lawyer contend for the heart and mind of a beautiful and bright girl unsure of her future.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy, Madeleine Potter

Votes: 1,770 | Gross: $1.01M

17. A Room with a View (1985)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Lucy meets George in a Florence pensione and the two share a brief romance before Lucy returns home, where she becomes engaged to Cecil. However, it isn't long before George unexpectedly enters her life again.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Denholm Elliott, Julian Sands

Votes: 39,644 | Gross: $20.97M

18. My Little Girl (1986)

R | 118 min | Drama

A young girl agrees to work in a center for girls who can't stay with their parents. She gets wrapped up in the plights of several of the girls, and tries to help them, but only gets herself into trouble with her parents and supervisor.

Director: Connie Kaiserman | Stars: James Earl Jones, Geraldine Page, Mary Stuart Masterson, Anne Meara

Votes: 278

19. Maurice (1987)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Wilby, Rupert Graves, Hugh Grant, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 16,367 | Gross: $3.13M

20. The Deceivers (1988)

PG-13 | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Saeed Jaffrey, Shashi Kapoor, Helena Michell

Votes: 916 | Gross: $0.35M

21. The Perfect Murder (1988)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Thriller, Action

Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years. His wife is generally disgruntled and ... See full summary »

Directors: Zafar Hai, M.R. Shahjahan | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Stellan Skarsgård, Amjad Khan, Madhur Jaffrey

Votes: 286

22. Slaves of New York (1989)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

Eleanor lives with the artist Stash. Just like his artist friends, he is completely unknown but is waiting for the big break. Stash is mean to her and finally she leaves him. Ironically, ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt

Votes: 907 | Gross: $0.46M

23. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Saundra McClain, Margaret Welsh

Votes: 2,804 | Gross: $7.70M

24. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A tangled triangle. In the rural South of the early 20th century, Miss Amelia is the town eccentric, selling corn liquor and dispensing medicine. She takes in her half-sister's son, a ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Callow | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, Cork Hubbert, Rod Steiger

Votes: 639 | Gross: $0.18M

25. Street Musicians of Bombay (1994)

59 min | Documentary, Music

Off-camera, a Western traveler tells us of hearing singing from his hotel window in Bombay. He searches for the source, and discovers a caste of street performers, eking out a modest living... See full summary »

Director: Richard Robbins | Stars: Trevor Nichols, Rosemary Martin, Richard Robbins

Votes: 37

26. Howards End (2017–2018)

TV-14 | 240 min | Drama, Romance

The social and class divisions in early 20th century England through the intersection of three families - the wealthy Wilcoxes, the gentle and idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts.

Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther

Votes: 4,350



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