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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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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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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)
Jennifer Kendal ...
Mrs. Saunders (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Shashi Kapoor ...
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)
Ratna Pathak ...
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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During the time of the film's original theatrical release this Merchant Ivory Productions movie was the company's biggest commercial success at the box-office. See more »

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Wonderful, spellbinding... words that spring to mind, I loved it and recommend it
23 February 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an awesome movie, I am not writing a critical review, perhaps it is because I allow myself to fade into the film, I am transported to that time and place, I am not looking to find fault with this or that. I have just recently discovered this Ivory Merchant production, a flawless gem from 1983, interesting and amazing. I was enthralled and spellbound with the performance of the beautiful British actress primarily Greta Scacchi, similarly easy on the eye, an apt and good role for the lovely Julie Christie, with a host of other well known stars. Rating 6.6? I don't think so... the compelling authentic storyline of the British Raji in India in the 1920s, the music, the photography make it first class for me. I see no weaknesses as indicated by other reviewers. Obviously there is a mutual attraction between the British Officer's wife and the handsome, powerful Indian Prince, what other details need be explained? This DVD goes into my collection with the other Ivory Merchant masterpieces, Howards End, Room with a View and Remains of the Day. 24 yrs old, I am glad I found it in 2008 Comment from Malcolm in Toronto, 23rd February 2008


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