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Shalimar (1978)

On the run from the police, S.S. Kumar, a thief, comes across a private invitation to the island of Sir John Locksley addressed to Raja Bahadur Singh. When the Raja is shot, Kumar takes him... See full summary »

Director:

Krishna Shah

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Kader Khan (Hindi dialogue) (as Kadar Khan), Momin Khan | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dharmendra ... S.S. Kumar
Zeenat Aman ... Sheila Enders
Rex Harrison ... Sir John Locksley
Sylvia Miles ... Countess Rasmussen
John Saxon ... Col. Columbus
O.P. Ralhan O.P. Ralhan ... K.P.W. Iyengar (Romeo)
Shammi Kapoor ... Dr. Bukhari
Prem Nath ... Raja Bahadur Singh
Shreeram Lagoo ... Tolaram (as Dr. Shriram Lagoo)
Aruna Irani ... Dance Teacher
Clyde Chai-Fa Clyde Chai-Fa ... Dogro
M.B. Shetty ... Tribal Chief
Phunsok Ladhakhi Phunsok Ladhakhi ... (as Phansok Ladakhi)
Anita Anita ... Tribal Dancer
Jayamalini Jayamalini ... Tribal Dancer (as Jaya Malini)
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On the run from the police, S.S. Kumar, a thief, comes across a private invitation to the island of Sir John Locksley addressed to Raja Bahadur Singh. When the Raja is shot, Kumar takes him to a nearby hospital, dons a Sikh's turban, poses as the Raja's son and goes to the private island of John. Also attending are K.P.W. Iyengar, Dr. Bukhari, Colonel Columbus, and Countess Rasmussen. A stunned Kumar finds out that all of these invitees are master criminals and gangsters. Kumar's guise does not fool anyone, including his former sweetheart, Sheila Enders, nevertheless John permits him to stay on, as he feels that Kumar's career, though an amateur, is consistent with those already present. The reason why John has invited them is to find a successor to take his place as he is dying of cancer. He feels that one of his invitees can be trusted to take his place and for this he has arranged for them to steal a diamond (Shalimar) worth 135 crores of rupees. This gem is placed in a secure ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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It's worth 135 million dollars... and it's yours for the stealing See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

India | USA

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

31 December 1978 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deadly Thief See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Judson Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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For this co-production between India and the USA, scenes were shot in both English and Hindi. Dubbing in post production was was used where language was a barrier. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although not filmed in 3-D, Razor has released a video version using a simulated 3-D process. See more »

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Referenced in Перестрелка в Вадале (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hum Bewafa
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Performed by Kishore Kumar
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Enjoyable caper movie
19 March 2000 | by Erich-13See all my reviews

An interesting blend of Western and Indian filmmaking, "Shalimar" (a.k.a. "The Deadly Thief," the title under which I saw it) is a light, undemanding piece of entertainment. Director Krishna Shah demonstrates a great deal of visual flair (particularly during the final jewel-theft sequence, which I can't describe more fully for fear of giving it away). The entire cast is appealing, especially Rex Harrison as the suave, manipulative host, and John Saxon as a mute master thief. The movie's weak point, in terms of plausibility, is the miscasting of the gifted but ungainly Sylvia Miles as a tightrope walker/acrobat. (The cuts to her stunt double during the action sequences are among the most obvious, unconvincing substitutions I've ever seen.) However, the vivacious Miles has such fun with the role that this flaw can be overlooked.


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