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Ismail Merchant

Highest Rated:   100% Lumière and Company (1996)
Lowest Rated:   0% Merci Docteur Rey (2002)
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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
50% The White Countess
  • Producer
$1.7M 2005
64% Heights
  • Producer
$1.1M 2005
No Score Yet Building 'Howards End'
  • Actor
2005
37% Le Divorce
  • Producer
$9M 2003
0% Merci Docteur Rey
  • Executive Producer
2002
52% The Mystic Masseur
  • Director
$0.3M 2001
54% 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
33% Surviving Picasso
  • Producer
1996
100% Lumière and Company
  • Actor
1996
67% Feast of July
  • Executive Producer
1995
33% Jefferson in Paris
  • Producer
  • Tipoo Sultan's Ambassador
1995
97% The Remains of the Day
  • Producer
1993
No Score Yet In Custody
  • Director
1993
93% 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
20% The Deceivers
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet The Perfect Murder
  • Executive Producer
1988
93% 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
80% The Bostonians
  • Producer
1984
No Score Yet Noon Wine
  • Executive Producer
1984
No Score Yet The Wandering Company
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Heat and Dust
  • Producer
1983
No Score Yet The Courtesans of Bombay
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet 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
83% Shakespeare Wallah
  • Producer
1965
No Score Yet The Householder
  • Producer
1963

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