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Desert Hearts (1985)

R | | 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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$1,250,000 (estimated)

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$2,492,088 (USA)
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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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In the hotel room when Vivian recounts to Cay the confrontation earlier between herself and Francis, she says she (Vivian) was standing in the rain when in reality the confrontation took place when the weather was sunny and dry. See more »

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[last lines]
Vivian: Come with me. Ride with me to the next station.
Cay: What are we gonna get settled in 40 minutes?
Vivian: I'll talk fast.
Cay: Send me a postcard when you get there. What is it you want?
Vivian: Another 40 minutes with you.
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HONKY TONK MAN
Written by Johnny Horton, Tillman B. Franks and Howard Hausey
Performed by Johnny Horton
Courtesy of CBS Records
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A tender, wild, realistic ride!
10 June 2006 | by (San Francisco, Sol III) – See all my reviews

I too loved this film. Growing up in Barstow in the early '60's and coming of age in the early '70's in San Francisco, I can relate to the footloose approaches, the freedom to experiment, and having things turn out okay! I also liked the textures of the film, capturing the feel of the desert, the realistic attitudes of the characters, the honesty of the rawness of the emotions. It is well shot and directed. I viewed it because I was fortunate to get to spend some time with one of the stars, Andra Akers, in '83, who was a terrific woman to be around. The lovemaking scenes are probably my favorite in all of film for their tenderness, vulnerability and realism (and I'm straight!). Highly recommended!


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