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Desert Hearts (1985)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 March 1986 (USA)
A woman on the precipice of divorce becomes drawn to a ranchowner's daughter.

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It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage, and feels out of place at the ranch she stays on, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivers, an open and self-assured lesbian, and the ranchowner's daughter. The emotions released by their developing intimacy, and Vivian's insecurities about her feelings towards Cay, are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country and western songs. Written by Neil Lewis <njl@cix.compulink.co.uk>

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$1,250,000 (estimated)

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$22,862 (USA) (6 April 1986)

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$2,492,088 (USA)
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Over two decades after making this movie together, Helen Shaver directed Patricia Charbonneau in a 2008 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit titled "Streetwise." See more »

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Though the movie is set in 1959 the markings on the center line of the highway are yellow. Such lines were white until 1971 when the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices mandated a switch to yellow. See more »

Quotes

Cay: I want you to open the door.
Vivian: And I want you to leave me alone.
Cay: I can't! Honest.
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Written by Gene Vincent, Donald Graves and Tex Davis
Performed by Gene Vincent
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Possibly the best lezzie film
14 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is possibly the best lezzie film made thus far. It has enough production values to be attractive, yet does not have the big Hollywood machinery that grinds everything into pablum. It's also not a sex film, but it is a fine indie effort. Both Shaver and Charbonneau are highly appealing.


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