Cotton Mary

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Cotton Mary
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Directed by Ismail Merchant
Madhur Jaffrey (co-director)
Produced by Nayeem Hafizka
Richard Hawley
Paul Bradley (executive)
Gil Donaldson (associate)
Written by Alexandra Viets
Starring Greta Scacchi
Madhur Jaffrey
James Wilby
Sakina Jaffrey
Gemma Jones
Music by Richard Robbins
Cinematography Pierre Lhomme
Edited by John David Allen
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • 17 December 1999 (1999-12-17) (UK)
Running time
124 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Cotton Mary is a 1999 film directed by Ismail Merchant, best known as the producer half of Merchant Ivory and Madhur Jaffrey, actress and author of cookery books. It was filmed in India.


This film follows the story of a British woman living in India (Scacchi). She struggles during her birth and is in desperate need of a nanny. An Indian nurse known as Cotton Mary jumps to the opportunity. She seems kind at first, but her true nature gradually reveals itself as she manipulates everyone around her to get what she wants.


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