The Deceivers - The Merchant Ivory Collection
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Pierce Brosnan turns in a sterling performance as Captain Savage, capturing every nuance of his situation. Some reviewers have singled out Brosnan's performance for faint praise or outright disdain, but I can only figure that they're reacting to the "Bond" image rather than actually viewing Brosnan's performance (or bothering to truly evaluate and understand his career, which is punctuated with many challenging roles and first-rate performances, from a bit part in THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY to THE FOURTH PROTOCOL to THE TAILOR OF PANAMA). Make no mistake, Brosnan's is a great performance, and THE DECEIVERS may be my favorite of his films.
Pierce Brosnan plays the part of William Savage (a rather interesting choice for a last name considering the subject matter of this film), a British Captain who accidently uncovers the existence of a sinister cult of assassins dedicated to the service and worship of the bloodthirsty Goddess Kali. They are the "Thugee", meaning 'deceivers' and they wander the mainroads disguised as holy pilgrims or jewel carriers. They befriend unwary travellers encountered along the way and quickly earn their trust, all the while intending to rob and kill them when night falls.
Unable to gain the support of his superior officers to help stamp out the robberies and ritualistic murders being carried out by this evil cult, Captain Savage decides to try and expose the Thugee cult by becoming one of them. He disguises himself as Gopal, a local villager who mysteriously disappeared some months earlier. This is an identity that he has taken once before. Gopal's wife has been plagued with re-occurring dreams of her husband's death since his absence and she now considers herself a widow. As was the custom of the time, she had decided to proceed with the ceremony of sati, self-immolation on a funeral pyre. Captain Savage had been successful in his brief masquerade as Gopal, fooling the distraught woman well enough to bring about a temporary postponement in her impending death. But would this same disguise work with the Thugee?
The disguise works and soon he is drawn into the inner circle of the Thugee. Initially utilized as a gravedigger, he is forced to passively observe the horrific ritual murders carried out by the assassins.Read more ›
This film, based upon a book of the same name by John Masters, explores this ancient, secret society. It features Pierce Brosnan as a British officer, William Savage, who comes upon this cult in action. He further investigates, but his efforts prove futile, until he manages to infiltrate this cult, disguised as a native of India. He does this with the aid of a Thug, who believes that the goddess Kali has turned her back on him.
As the film progresses, Gophal, as William Savage now calls himself, becomes enmeshed in the activities of the cult. So great is his involvement, that he is in danger of losing himself to its tenets. It is as if he were undergoing a personal psychosis. It is not until his Thug informant realizes what is happening to him and tries to assist him, resulting in British troops coming to the rescue, that Gophal/William snaps out of his role playing. It is William's infiltration of the Thuggee cult, however, that is the catalyst for subsequent action taken to wipe out this evil and murderous society.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a great movie, a la David Lean, but good enough. Brosnan (of whom I am not a great fan) does a fine job here; his performance has been unjustly criticized. Read morePublished 1 month ago by PTR
A wonderful illustration of the Shiva-Kali powers, also to be recognized within Old Norse religion, in the guise of the Odinic cult.Published 6 months ago by Kexan
THINGS GOING ON IN THE MOVIE THAT I DID NOT UNDERSTAND, MOVIE LEFT ME FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE, SO MUCH TO THE POINT THAT I THREW IT AWAY..Published 19 months ago by valariel.reid-turbat
Great story and never boring in any parts. I got this for my mother for Christmas. She was put off by the length but she watched it twice in a row.Published on January 2, 2014 by John H.
I first saw this film on HBO years ago and knew I had to have it. It features a British officer in 19th century India attempting to infiltrate the cult of Thuggee who sent members... Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by warlord
This is a period film that captures another place in another time. The movie centers on the infamous Thugees of old India. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Sandalls71
A great combination of people put this together . The wonder of it is....how did it turn out so badly?Published on April 5, 2013 by Sullivan
Usually, I like novels better than the films that are made from them. This movie helped me imagine more fully the world of pre-Raj 1830s India that Anglo-Indian novelist John... Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Mark Johnson