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Desert Hearts (1985)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  7 March 1986 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Vivian Bell
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Frances Parker
Andra Akers ...
Silver
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Darrell
Gwen Welles ...
Gwen
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Art Warner
Katie La Bourdette ...
Lucille
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Tyler Tyhurst ...
Buck
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Pat
Antony Ponzini ...
Joe
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Joyce
Sam Minsky ...
Best Man
Patricia Frazier ...
Change Girl
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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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$2,492,088 (USA)
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Patricia Charbonneau filmed the entire movie while pregnant. See more »

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Toward the end of the movie, when Vivian and her divorce lawyer are walking down the steps of the courthouse, you can see an older woman with a straw hat walk up the stairs by them. When Vivian & the lawyer reach the door to walk outside, you can see the same woman walking in. See more »

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Buck: [to Cay regarding her number of female visitors] How you get all that traffic with no equipment is beyond me!
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This movie made me come to terms with my own sexuality
3 September 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I was 17 when I first watched this movie and I had never seen a lesbian film before which treated the lesbian characters with such respect. Also, I had never seen such a passionate love scene between two women, needless to say after that scene I could no longer deny my own lesbianism. Great use of Patsy Cline's music.


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