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January 1983 (UK) See more »
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Christopher Cazenove ... Douglas Rivers, the Assistant Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)

Greta Scacchi ... Olivia, his wife (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)

Julian Glover ... Crawford, the District Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)

Susan Fleetwood ... Mrs. Crawford, the Burra Mensahib (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)

Patrick Godfrey ... 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)

Madhur Jaffrey ... Begum Mussarat Jahan, the Nawab's mother (At the Palace in Khatm)
Nickolas Grace ... Harry Hamilton-Paul (At the Palace in Khatm)

Barry Foster ... Major Minnies, the Political Agent (At the Palace in Khatm)

Julie Christie ... 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)
Sajid Khan ... Dacoit Chief
Amanda Walker ... Lady Mackleworth
Praveen Paul ... Maji
Jayant Kripalani ... Dr. Gopal
Sudha Chopra ... Chief Princess
Daniel Chatto ... Party Guest (as Dan Chatto)
Geoff Heinrich
Ishak Khan (as Ishtiaq Khan)
Bobby Bedi (as Deep Bedi)
Baba Ghaus
Leelabai ... Leelavati
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Directed by
James Ivory 
 
Writing credits
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (novel)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)

Produced by
Connie Kaiserman .... associate producer
Rita Mangat .... associate producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
 
Cinematography by
Walter Lassally 
 
Film Editing by
Humphrey Dixon 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Fowler 
Ram Yedekar 
 
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane 
 
Makeup Department
Mohammed Amir .... assistant makeup artist
Jeffrey Haines .... assistant hair stylist
Carol Hemming .... hair stylist
Gordon Kay .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Peter Manley .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevan Barker .... assistant director
David Nichols .... second assistant director
Gopal Ram .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Agnes Fernandes .... set dresser
Tom Freeman .... property master
Jayant Paranji .... assistant property master
Agnes Goveas .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ray Beckett .... sound recordist
Brian Blamey .... dubbing editor
Tony Bray .... assistant sound editor
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Steve O'Brien .... boom operator
Vali Patel .... sound grip
 
Visual Effects by
Costas Charitou .... titles: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Cormack .... still photographer
Mulchand Dedhia .... electrician
Tony Garrett .... assistant camera
Rajesh Joshi .... second assistant camera
Sheik Juddin .... electrician
Manilal .... gaffer
Morgesh .... electrician
A. Natarajan .... electrician
Gyanchand Rikki .... camera grip
Janardhan Rumde .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lovleen Bains .... wardrobe assistant (as Loveleen Baines)
Mary Ellis .... assistant costume designer
Ibrahim .... second wardrobe assistant
Sarah Armstrong-Jones .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mark Potter Jr. .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Hariprasad Chaurasia .... musician: fute
Zakir Hussain .... associate music director
Zakir Hussain .... musician: percussion
Nishat Khan .... musician: sitar
Ustad Sultan Khan .... musician: sarangi (as Sultan Khan)
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Michael Reaves .... musician: piano
Vic Flick .... music arranger (uncredited)
Zakir Hussain .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
James Ivory .... musician: tampura (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Bradley .... assistant to producer
Jane Buck .... continuity clerk
Prashant Gupta .... assistant to director
Shama Habibullah .... production coordinator
Riaz Hafizka .... production controller
Saeed Jaffrey .... dialogue: Urdu
Harish Khare .... dialogue: Hindi
Rambali Mishra .... runner
Deepak Nayar .... location manager
Mick Parker .... synthesizer
Piyush Patel .... production assistant
Zakiya Powell .... unit publicist
J. Rathore .... production accountant (as J.U. Rathore)
Nancy VandenBergh .... production assistant
Jean Walter .... production secretary
Renée Glynne .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Simon Callow was offered a major role but had a West End Play which clashed with the shooting dates.See more »

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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
It has its charms, 8 July 2004
Author: onkelgus from Sarasota, FL

'Heat and Dust' became a minor favorite of mine from the first time I saw it shortly after it was released in 1983. It isn't up to the Merchant/Ivory standards of 'A Room with a View' 'Maurice' or 'Howards End' but it's much better than 'Remains of the Day' and 'The Europeans'.

This is probably a "fetish" film for a lot of people. It has hooks that don't release. For me it is the Schumann piano music Greta Scacchi is forever playing for Nikolas Grace and Shashi Kapoor. And Greta Scacchi herself, very early in her career and more beautiful than ever. She's a very good actress too, within her limits. Nikolas Grace (he was Anthony Blanche in 'Brideshead Revisited') once again steals the show as a home-sick ex-patriot stuck in India living with the Rajah in his palace, a sort of roguish court adviser that abounded in India during the Raj period of Empire. Shashi Kapoor, the Rajah, has one of those riveting faces, and his acting is good, within its limits. Julie Christie plays the modern-day descendant of the Greta Scacchi character and goes to India to investigate her great aunt's life and fate with the handsome Maharajah.

As so often happens with modern time settings in India the movie becomes a cultural travelogue in the National Geographic style, but it's pleasant filler. There's a sub-plot about sex and babies and seeking the middle path, the usual stuff in all Western movies about India, but these interruptions from the story of Scacchi and Kapoor grow annoying with each successive flash-forward in the action.

There is one classic performance in this movie which makes it worth seeing now and then. Madhur Jaffrey's Begum is a masterpiece of character acting. She is the Maharajah's gorgon of a mother, but a gorgon with a wicked sense of humor and disdain. Her part was not large enough though. The secondary roles are played well by English and Indian stalwarts from other Merchant/Ivory films and Masterpiece Theatre productions. Christopher Casanove, Scacchi's up-tight husband, gives a good performance and looks wonderful with his clothes off.

It's filmed beautifully, especially in the Himalayas, and the music is delightful; a mixture of sitar and Schumann throughout.

Not a heavy hitter but it's a mood lifter and the best sort of eye candy. There is nothing preachy or new age about it, like the ghastly 'Little Buddha', and I always feel more peaceful after I've seen 'Heat and Dust'. We need movies like this, and 'Enchanted April' and 'Howards End'. Especially these days.

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