Famous Films made in Sri Lanka

Elephant Walk, 1954 

Elephant Walk

Walk is a movie released in the 1940’s. The plot is about a marriage between a colonial tea planter and his new wife, and their struggles whilst living in Ceylon. A few tea estates in Kandy area were used for its filming and the rest took place in a studio in Hollywood.

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A Dangerous Life, 1988

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A Dangerous Life is a movie about the Filipino revolution which ran as a 6-hour mini TV series on HBO, but was later edited to just 162 minute TV movie in 1989. Directed by Robert Markowitz, this movie follows a story about an American journalist (Gary Busey) as he puts his life on the line to get the inside story of the Marcos regime.

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The Purple Plain, 1954

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Based on the novel by H.E Bates, The Purple Plain is a movie directed by Robert Parrish, and has Gregory Peck playing the role of a pilot from the Royal Canadian Air Force, who is battling with depression after losing his wife. This film which is set in the latter parts of the second world war tells us a story about three men (including Peck) after crashing in Burma and having to find safety while being on Japanese territory.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1957

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a British-American epic war film which uses the historical background of the building of the Burma Railway in 1942-43. Directed by David Lean and starring William Holden, Jack Hawkins, and Alec Guinness this movie was filmed in Kitulgala.

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Mother Teresa: In the Name of God’s Poor, 1997

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Directed by Kevin Connor and starring Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin’s daughter), this movie is about Mother Teresa’s journey in helping the poverty-stricken in Calcutta during her lifetime.

It was mainly filmed in slums in Colombo and its environs, while employing Sri Lankan actors and actresses such as Nimmi Harasgama, Veena Jayakody and Yashoda Wimaladarma in it.

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1984

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

“If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones.”

Starring Harrison Ford and directed by the iconic Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was initially meant to be filmed in Rajasthan, India but was not due to permission being denied by the Indian government. Instead, its filming took place in Kandy, with matte paintings and scale models applied for the village, temple, and Pankot Palace.

https://youtu.be/HOwWfns4qqw

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The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo,1997

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The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli and Baloo is an American adventure feature filmed right here in Sri Lanka in the hillside capital of Kandy. Jamie Williams plays the role of Mowgli and both Roddy MacDowall and Billy Campbell play supporting roles in the movie.

Actors such as Wijeratne Warakagoda, Sunil Hettiarachchi, and Raja Sumanapala are some of the Sri Lankan aspects of the movie… well, aside from the set that is.

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Tarzan the Ape Man,1981

Tarzan the Ape Man

The legend of Tarzan is something we have all grown up with and have loved since the beginning of time. Directed by John Derek and starring Bo Derek, Richard Harris, and Miles O’Keeffe this movie is a remake of the 1931 movie of the same name. Filming was done in various parts of our hill country.