The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

May 4th 2012
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 124 min,
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Cast: Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tena Desae, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Ramona Marquez, Liza Tarbuck, Lillete Dubey, Bhuvnesh Shetty, Russell Balogh, Fiaz Ali, Israr Azam
  • Director: John Madden
  • Writers: Ol Parker, Deborah Moggach
  • Producers: Graham Broadbent, Peter Czernin
  • Co Producers: Sarah Harvey, Caroline Hewitt
  • Executive Producer: Jonathan King
  • Art Direction: Peter Francis
  • Castings: Michelle Guish, Seher Latif
  • D.O.P.: Ben Davis
  • Editor: Chris Gill
  • Makeup: Daniel Phillips
  • Music: Thomas Newman
  • Production Design: Alan MacDonald
  • Set Decoration: Tina Jones


The story follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: India
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual content and language
  • Production Budget: $12 million
  • Production Companies: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Blueprint Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 10 October 2010 - December 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "A group of British retirees decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive India. With a cast of acting legends, an exotic locale, a script by Deborah Moggach (2005's "Pride & Prejudice"), and with John Madden ("Shakespeare in Love," "The Debt") directing - one would've expected a potential awards candidate.

Yet Fox Searchlight bumped the film from late this year to March and then May, indicating they're more concerned with its economic viability. It's a smart move as it could potentially score good notices and word-of-mouth business amongst a demographic rarely catered for at the cinema these days - especially around that time of year."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 24 February 2012: Ireland, UK
  • 15 March 2012: Germany, Israel
  • 21 March 2012: Norway
  • 22 March 2012: Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia
  • 23 March 2012: Estonia, Finland, Spain, Sweden
  • 28 March 2012: Belgium
  • 29 March 2012: Greece, Kuwait
  • 30 March 2012: Italy
  • 12 April 2012: Slovenia
  • 19 April 2012: Portugal
  • 20 April 2012: Lithuania
  • 3 May 2012: Hungary
  • 4 May 2012: India, Mexico, Poland
  • 9 May 2012: France
  • 11 May 2012: Brazil
  • 17 May 2012: Hong Kong, Singapore
  • 24 May 2012: Argentina
  • 2 August 2012: Chile