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Amar, Akbar, Anthony (1977)

Cast: Neetu Singh, Neetu Singh, Pran, more...
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Studio: Baba Traders
Genre: Foreign, India, Bollywood
Running Time: 173 min.
Subtitles: English
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Released after censorship restrictions were lifted by a more liberal Indian government, Amar Akbar Anthony indulged audiences in a story with loose morals and visual excitement. The Chinese box of a narrative is essentially a comedy of errors concerning three brothers, Amar, Akbar, and Anthony. Abandoned in a park by their father, the three are raised separately and without knowledge of each other. By coincidence they all find themselves giving blood to a woman in a hospital and events stemming from this encounter bring them together. All three meet women who they fall in love with, but when their father, who unbeknownst to them has become a successful smuggler, kidnaps one of the women, all three become implicated in the struggle for her release. At the end of the film, the identities of the three are revealed, the police reveal that the smuggler is their father, and they manage to defeat a variety of criminal elements. The film closes with the brothers reunited, driving off into the sunset with their women.

~ Brian Whitener, All Movie Guide

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Awesome introduction to Bollywood films. by wiljago January 10, 2006 - 11:17 AM PST
I recently decided that I wanted to get into Bollywood films, and after reading some reviews on this site and on IMDB, it seemed like a good idea to start with Amar, Akbar, Anthony. This was REALLY good luck on my part, and I might have to buy this movie. I'd recommend watching the pre-credit story set up on mute because there's a screaming child sound dubbed over much of the first five minues or so. Three brothers are separated at a young age. One grows up to be a Muslim, one grows up to be a Catholic, and the other grows up to be Officer Camel Toe. The music is really great, the plot is insane, there are a lot of funny moments, and there are some good character actors in the cast.

One of the funnier movies I've ever seen by redquirk October 15, 2005 - 9:13 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Of course, this movie is three hours long so be prepared to sit. I'd heard about the scene where a monocoled Abraham Lincoln jumps out of a giant Easter Egg and bursts into song so I had to rent the movie. We used this movie as the basis for a game of 'Bollywood Bingo'. Even the third time through, I was still laughing. I don't know that this was supposed to be a comedy but it certainly works as one.

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1977 DVD's: Filmmaking in the age of the Big Bells
My 1977 DVD wish list: The Lacemaker/New York, New York/ The Devil, Probably/Iphigenia/Citizen's Band/Julia/A Very Moral Night/This Sweet Sickness
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