The Assam Garden

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The Assam Garden
The Assam Garden FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Mary McMurray
Produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark
Written by Elisabeth Bond
Starring Deborah Kerr
Madhur Jaffrey
Alec McCowen
Zia Mohyeddin
Anton Lesser
Iain Cuthbertson
Music by Richard Harvey
Cinematography Bryan Loftus
Distributed by Contemporary Films Ltd.
Release date
UK June 1985
United States 30 July 1986
Running time
92 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Assam Garden is a 1985 British drama film made by Moving Picture Company and distributed by Contemporary Films Ltd. The film was directed by Mary McMurray and produced by Nigel Stafford-Clark with Peter Jaques as associate producer. It was written by Elisabeth Bond. The music score was by Richard Harvey and the cinematography by Bryan Loftus.

The film stars Deborah Kerr and Madhur Jaffrey with Alec McCowen, Zia Mohyeddin, Anton Lesser and Iain Cuthbertson.[1]

The film was shot at Priors Mesne in Aylburton, Gloucestershire, England. At certain times of the year the garden is opened as part of the NGS (Gardens open for Charity) Scheme. In addition part of the land owned by Priors Mesne and run by the owners is now a Deer Park.


The recently widowed and somewhat cold Mrs. Graham (Deborah Kerr) discovers that her late husband's expansive garden has been selected for consideration as a "Great British Garden". Mrs Graham then devotes her days to tending the garden that her husband had devoted his life to, in hopes of getting selected to this honor. While gardening, Mrs. Graham meets and develops a close friendship with her neighbor, Mrs. Lal. Through working in the garden with Mrs. Lal, Mrs. Graham finds some joy and warmth in life. However, Mrs. Lal is homesick for her native India and at the end of the film, returns to India, leaving Mrs. Graham alone again. Mrs. Graham also learns that her husband left debts behind and she may be forced to sell her house and her beloved garden, just when it looks like it has qualified for the Great British Garden list. The film ends with Mrs. Graham standing alone in the garden calling aloud to her late husband to not leave her.


  1. ^ Goodman, Walter. "The Assam Garden (1985)". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 

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