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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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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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Patricia Charbonneau was married at the time of filming and Helen Shaver would meet her future husband, a key grip on the film, while making it. 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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Cay: [after Vivian breaks away from a passionate kiss] We don't have to stop.
Vivian: I do.
Cay: Where did you learn to kiss like that?
Vivian: I don't know where that came from. It's back where it belongs, and I don't want to talk about it anymore. Take me back.
Cay: [tries to look through the rain on the windshield] I can't see a thing!
Vivian: I'll take my chances. Just drive.
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AMIGOS GUITAR
Written by John D. Loudermilk, Kitty Wells and Roy Bodkin
Performed by Kitty Wells
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Not bad, non-exploitative lesbian drama
27 August 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Solid lesbian-themed film from Jane Rule's book "Desert of the Heart" has an unusual ambiance and compelling desert locales. Set in 1950's Nevada, Audra Lindley plays a salt-of-the-earth type who runs a Reno ranch for women preparing their divorces; she welcomes in prim and proper Helen Shaver, who quickly becomes curious over sexy hellion Patricia Charbonneau (entering the film while driving in reverse down the wrong side of the road). A slow pace and several odd directorial touches detract, but the modestly-produced picture is frequently intriguing and absorbing, with tasteful love scenes and Charbonneau stealing much of the thunder with a smoky performance. Not a landmark in gay cinema, but a step in the right direction. **1/2 from ****


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