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Ismail Merchant

  • Highest Rated: 100% Lumière and Company (1996)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Merci Docteur Rey (2002)
  • Birthday: Dec 25, 1936
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Educated in Bombay and the U.S., Indian-born Ismail Merchant was destined for a business administration career. Rather than waste away in banking or speculating, lifelong movie buff Merchant put his skills to work in the creative arts. He found the perfect collaborators in the form of German/Indian novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and California-born director James Ivory. The Merchant/Ivory productions written by Jhabvala, among them Shakespeare Wallah (1965), Bombay Talkie (1969), Roseland (1977), The Europeans (1979), A Room with a View (1984), and Howard's End (1992), have set an international standard for superior production values at the least possible cost. These accomplishments are all the more remarkable when one realizes that Merchant and Ivory were almost constantly at each other's throats over artistic and financial matters -- and make no effort to hide their squabbles from the public. In addition to his administrative duties, Merchant occasionally turned director as well; among his efforts was The Courtesans of Bombay (1980). Merchant also carved a niche in the culinary world with his best-selling cookbook, Ismail Merchant's Indian Cuisine.In 2005, while working on The White Countess, Merchant was stricken with an illness and died unexpectedly a short time later. He was 68.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Song Of The Little Road Actor 2010
49% The White Countess Producer $1.7M 2005
64% Heights Producer $1.1M 2005
No Score Yet Building 'Howards End' Actor 2005
36% Le Divorce Producer $9M 2003
0% Merci Docteur Rey Executive Producer 2002
51% The Mystic Masseur Director $0.3M 2001
53% The Golden Bowl Producer $2.2M 2000
36% Cotton Mary Director 2000
77% A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries Producer 1998
No Score Yet Side Streets Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet The Proprietor Director 1996
32% Surviving Picasso Producer 1996
100% Lumière and Company Actor 1996
67% Feast of July Executive Producer 1995
31% Jefferson in Paris Producer Tipoo Sultan's Ambassador 1995
95% The Remains of the Day Producer 1993
67% In Custody Director 1993
94% Howards End Producer $0.2M 1992
67% The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Producer 1991
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Producer 1990
13% Slaves of New York Producer 1989
33% The Deceivers Producer 1988
No Score Yet The Perfect Murder Executive Producer 1988
90% Maurice Producer 1987
No Score Yet My Little Girl Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Sweet Lorraine Executive Producer 1987
100% A Room With a View Producer 1985
No Score Yet Courtesans of Bombay Director 1985
91% The Bostonians Producer 1984
No Score Yet Noon Wine Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet The Wandering Company Actor 1984
89% Heat and Dust Producer 1983
No Score Yet The Courtesans of Bombay Director 1983
46% Quartet Producer 1981
No Score Yet Jane Austen in Manhattan Producer 1980
70% The Europeans Producer 1979
No Score Yet Hullabaloo Over Georgie and Bonnie's Pictures Producer 1978
No Score Yet Roseland Executive Producer Producer 1977
No Score Yet Autobiography of a Princess Producer 1975
No Score Yet The Wild Party Producer 1975
40% Savages Producer 1972
No Score Yet Bombay Talkie Producer 1970
No Score Yet The Guru Producer Master of Ceremonies 1969
89% Shakespeare Wallah Producer 1966
No Score Yet The Householder Producer 1963

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