The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 31 mins

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Set against the colourful and richly cultural backdrop of India, this evocative drama delves into concepts of family, unity, love and understanding, through a journey set upon by three brothers. One year after their father's death, this family-oriented drama delves into the efforts of the eldest brother Wilson, to reconnect with his two younger siblings, by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India.
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Did you know? Feature film debut of Amara Karan, who plays Rita. While she was still being considered for the role, Karan received the script and discovered that Rita smokes cigarettes. Not being a smoker, she enlisted some friends to help her practice smoking. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Camera:
Panavision Panaflex
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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2.35 : 1
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Goofs:
Continuity
When Peter throws the belt at Francis in the train cabin, he has shaving lather on his face. But when Francis retaliates immediately after, the lather is gone.

Continuity
When Jack is smoking out the window of the train, Rita's cigarette changes lengths. When we first see her it is just a butt, but the next cut shows a full cigarette.

Continuity
At the end when they are trying to catch the train and throwing the bags away they are running on sand, when they are on the train and looking back, the bags are lying on the platform made of tarmac.

Factual Mistake
During the preparation of the dead boy funeral, there's a scene when Francis is lying down with a boy in a blue shirt kneeling beside him, and the camera travels to Peter holding a baby between two Indian locals. During 13 seconds, a Muslim call-to-prayer ("adhan") is heard, very neatly during 5 seconds. However, the boy's body is cremated the Hindu way.

Factual Mistake
It is impossible for a train to be "lost" on Indian Railways. It is SOP to default switches on mainline routes to "trunk" positions. All unsignaled turnouts lead to dead-ends and have to be positively signaled for a train to be advanced down the track. A mistake (or a series of mistakes even) will not get the train more than a couple of kilometers before it derails on an auto-stop or dead-ends.
Trivia:
Natalie Portman, who appeared in a cameo, traveled to the film's location in Jodhpur, India, to shoot for about half an hour and then spent 10 days exploring India afterward.

Feature film debut of Amara Karan, who plays Rita. While she was still being considered for the role, Karan received the script and discovered that Rita smokes cigarettes. Not being a smoker, she enlisted some friends to help her practice smoking.

Wes Anderson said that part of his inspiration for The Darjeeling Limited was 'The River', and more specifically that he owes a debt of gratitude to Martin Scorsese for screening the film personally for him.

In order to achieve a constant limp while filming, Owen Wilson placed a small lime in his shoe.

Most of the props used on the train sets were handmade or decorated, including the entire dining room set.

The character of Vladimir Wolodarsky in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, was named after Wallace Wolodarsky, who played Brendan.

The 11 suitcases seen in the movie are created by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and they are decorated with giraffes, rhinoceros and antelopes designed by Eric Chase Anderson, the director's brother. They all have the initials JLW.

Towards the end of the film, on the train "Bengal Lancer", the painted portrait on the wall of the compartment is of director Satyajit Ray.

Bipasha Basu had rejected a role in "The Darjeeling Limited" because she did not want to be stereotyped as a typical Indian.

Adrien Brody is the only one of the three leads to not have been in a Wes Anderson movie prior to this. Jason Schwartzman was in Rushmore while Owen Wilson has participated in some way to every Anderson feature film.

The character that Owen Wilson plays in the film is suspected of an abortive suicide attempt. Ironically, when the film was released, Wilson pulled out of all press duties following a real-life suicide attempt.

Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman organically wrote the screenplay as they traveled around India together.

The role of Peter was written with Adrien Brody specifically in mind.

The three brothers - Francis, Peter and Jack - are actually named after Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Jack Nicholson.

The house into which the dead boy is brought, was not supposed to be blue, but rather have the same natural red color as the others. It was painted blue by a member of the village during the course of time from which it was selected until the crew returned. Anderson chose to use it anyway.