Nicholas Meyer

The Deceivers

The Deceivers

India, 1825: The country is being ravaged by the Thugees, cult members also known as the "Deceivers," who commit robbery and ritualistic murder. Appalled by their activities, an English officer, Captain William Savage, undertakes a hazardous task. In disguise, he will himself become a "Deceiver" and infiltrate their ranks. Ever-present in Savage's adventures is a terrible sense of fear; he is at constant risk of betrayal and vengeance, and undergoes a disturbing psychological transformation as he experiences the cult's bloodlust at first hand. Starring Pierce Brosnan as the heroic Captain Savage, and stunningly photographed by Walter Lassally, The Deceivers is an exotic, gripping adventure yarn, reportedly based on a true story, that charts one man's daring exploits to expose a murderous secret society.

Film Info

Special Features

  • Digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Special Features

  • Digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

The Deceivers
Cast
Pierce Brosnan
William Savage
Saeed Jaffrey
Hussein
Shashi Kapoor
Chandra Singh
Helena Michell
Sarah Wilson
Keith Michell
Colonel Wilson
Tariq Yunus
Feringea
David Robb
George Anglesmith
Credits
Director
Nicholas Meyer
Producer
Ismail Merchant
Screenplay
Michael Hirst
From the novel by
John Masters
Executive producer
Michael White
Associate producer
Leon Falk
Cinematography
Walter Lassally
Editing
Richard Trevor
Music
John Scott
Costumes
Jenny Beavan
Costumes
John Bright

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Ismail Merchant and James Ivory

Producer

For five decades, the name Merchant Ivory has been an imprimatur signaling a certain type of quality cinema: literate, sumptuous, classical. But the more than fifty films made by the production team named for Ismail Merchant and James Ivory are distinguished by more than just their glossiness: multivalent, morally complex, and inquisitive, these works, shot all over the world (from Delhi to Paris to New England), are stories of class and of social change, of cultures divided and clashing. Merchant and Ivory (born in Bombay and Berkeley, respectively) met in 1961 and became partners in life and in work shortly thereafter; their company was founded with the idea of making English-language features (directed by Ivory, produced by Merchant) in India for the international market. These first films include The Householder (1963), based on the book by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who wrote the adaptation herself and instantly became an integral part of the company, and Shakespeare Wallah (1965). Soon, Merchant Ivory was shooting films in England, the United States, and elsewhere. Over the years, they have adapted novels by such writers as Henry James, E. M. Forster, and Kazuo Ishiguro into sophisticated works in their own right—their multiple-Oscar-winning Howards End (1992) is often considered their artistic pinnacle. Merchant died in 2005, but Ivory has kept the company going; The City of Your Final Destination, released in 2010, was the first “posthumous” Merchant Ivory film.