A Throw of Dice (1930) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Throw of Dice (1930)




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Following up on the success of Prem Sanyas and Shiraz, director Franz Osten and star Himansu Rai team up again to spin this melodramatic romantic epic. Ranjit (Charu Roy) and the nefarious Sohan (Rai) are kings with a passion for gambling and the same woman -- Sunita (Seeta Devi). One day Ranjit bets it all in a crooked game of craps and loses it all -- his crown and his love -- and is forced to become Ranjit's slave. Eventually Sohan's evil deeds are uncovered and he is herded off a cliff by an indignant mob, led by Ranjit. Sunita and Ranjit are reunited, capping their bliss with a big passionate kiss. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Critic Reviews for A Throw of Dice

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

A treat for Indian movie buffs and lovers of silent melodrama alike.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

[An] amazingly fluid silent-era Indian feature, with a breathtaking use of open air, space and lots of extras.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Combustible Celluloid

A Throw of Dice is a remarkable silent movie.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Observer (UK)

The story itself is nothing special, but the lush jungle setting is magnificent and it gives the film a special feeling.

Full Review… | July 26, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Osten's film, which features more than 10,000 extras and 1,000 horses, is as excessive and beautiful as any scene from Antony and Cleopatra or Ben-Hur.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Extravagantly romantic, with a stirring score by Nitin Sawhney.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007

Audience Reviews for A Throw of Dice

Definitely set in India. You can tell by all the tigers and whatnot (don't tell Michael Bay, he still thinks they live in Egypt or something.) Decent story.

Andy Cramer
Andy Cramer

More of a curiosity than a great film in its own right, the new restoration Indian-German co-production looks fantastic. There are lots of odd culture-clash moments. For example, the sets are very influenced by German films of the day and underneath the gorgeous costumes, the characters' morality is very Western. The acting is more realistic than what is normally found in silent film, but the new score is iffy. It plays too safely. It doesn't use enough Indian instruments. Regardless, this will be of interest to silent movie buffs.

Richard Stracke
Richard Stracke

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