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Heat and Dust (1983)

R | | Drama, Romance | January 1983 (UK)
Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to ... See full summary »

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Douglas Rivers, the Assistant Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Olivia, his wife (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Crawford, the District Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Mrs. Crawford, the Burra Mensahib (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Saunders, the Medical Officer (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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Mrs. Saunders (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
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The Nawab (At the Palace in Khatm)
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Begum Mussarat Jahan, the Nawab's mother (At the Palace in Khatm)
Nickolas Grace ...
Harry Hamilton-Paul (At the Palace in Khatm)
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Major Minnies, the Political Agent (At the Palace in Khatm)
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Anne (1982. In Satipur Town)
Zakir Hussain ...
Inder Lal, Anne's landlord (1982. In Satipur Town)
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Ritu, Inder Lal's wife (1982. In Satipur Town)
Tarla Mehta ...
Inder Lal's mother (1982. In Satipur Town)
Charles McCaughan ...
Chid (1982. In Satipur Town)
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to Douglas, a civil servant in the colonial administration, comes to live with him in India. Slowly, Olivia becomes fascinated by India and by the local ruler, a nawab who combines British distinction with Indian pomp and ruthlessness. This fascination is not without risks: the region is being ransacked by a group of sanguinary bandits, and intrigues are opposing the prejudiced British community led by Major Minnies and Dr. Saunders against the nawab. As Anne delves into the history of her grand-aunt, she is led to reconsider her own life. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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In order to be in this film, Julie Christie turned down a very well paid role for The Verdict (1982) by Sidney Lumet, that ultimately ended up being played by Charlotte Rampling. See more »

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a masterpiece!
20 May 2008 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Excellent film, maybe Merchant-Ivory's best. The story is wonderfully compelling. I love how the lives of the two British women are linked together. It's fascinating to see how differently they were treated by falling in love an Indian at different times in the same century.

Great roles for Julie Christie and Greta Scaachi to play in this beautiful and poetic film. It's filled with great character parts for the English and Indian people surrounding them. Lots of food for thought, the film touches on the traditions and ways of life of both cultures showing how trapped people could be. There are some funny incidents when the cultures clash. The end brings both sadness and hope. A very underrated film that deserves to be seen and remembered!


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