Producer Merchant's first collaboration with a director other than James Ivory is something of a departure from the genteel films with which Merchant and Ivory have made their considerable reputation--A ROOM WITH A VIEW; MAURICE; THE BOSTONIANS. Brosnan (TV's "Remington Steele") plays a
recently married officer of the East India Company who, despite his frowned-upon proclivity for fair treatment of the Indians, seems well positioned to move up the company ladder. His life changes drastically, however, when he stumbles on a band of murderers, members of the notorious and deceptive
(from which our word thug
derives) sect, as they brutally ...