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The Far Pavilions on DVD

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The Far Pavilions

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The Far Pavilions is set in the India of British Raj at the end of the 19th Century, against the background of battle, treachery and intrigue. Based on the classic novel by M.M. Kaye and starring Omar Sharif and Christopher Lee, the story tells the tale of English born Ash (Ben Cross), who finds himself part of a Hindu family after he was orphaned. Without knowing the full truth of his roots, it was only in the final hours of his foster mother’s life that his British and Indian origins are revealed.


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Based on the best-selling novel by M.M. Kaye and adapted by Julian Bond, The Far Pavilions is set in 19th Century British Colonial India and as well as being a love story it involves war, treachery, honour and intrigue. Played by Ben Cross, British officer Ash becomes an orphan at the age of four and is fostered into a Hindu family. In the final moments of his foster mother’s death, his true identity is revealed, and he begins a life of struggle between two countries. He is also on a mission to win the hand of Anjuli (Amy Irving), facing a constant battle in their quest to be together.

The phenomenal star-studded cast in The Far Pavilions includes Omar Sharif, Sir John Gielgud, Christopher Lee, Rossano Brazzi, Robert Hardy, Saeed Jaffrey and Rupert Everett. The lavish production was originally screened on Channel Four in 1984 when it was lauded for its performances and stunning cinematography of the breathtaking countryside.

The Far Pavilions DVD extras include a M.M. Kaye biography and production notes.

The Far Pavilions Reviews

“Accompanied by a sweeping score from award winning composer Carl Davis, gorgeous visuals and a story which captures some of the ugly reality of the period, “The Far Pavilions” is a romantic epic which incorporates enough politics and action, particularly in the final two hours, to entertain everyone.” – Row Three

“But The Far Pavilions is not just a love story. There are plenty of battles as the British move into Afghanistan, and Ash is often torn between his career and his woman.” – Blog Critics

Additional Information

Sub Name No
Duration (mins) 316
Certificate PG
No. of Discs 2
Format DVD Region 2 (Europe)
Genre Drama
Author Acorn Media
Video No