MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 684 this week

Desert Hearts (1985)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 March 1986 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 2,851 users  
Reviews: 40 user | 11 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 14 Mar 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 12 May 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 17 Nov 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 27 Mar 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Desert Hearts" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Desert Hearts (1985)

Desert Hearts (1985) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Desert Hearts.

User Polls

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An adventurous love story between two young women of different social and economic backgrounds who find themselves going through all the typical struggles of a new romance.

Director: Maria Maggenti
Stars: Laurel Holloman, Nicole Ari Parker, Maggie Moore
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Female authors gather at a small northern coastal retreat to work on their writing skills. A first-time guest who lives for the moment finds herself struggling with her sexuality after ... See full summary »

Director: Nicole Conn
Stars: Trisha Todd, Karen Trumbo, Faith McDevitt
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny
Saving Face (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Director: Alice Wu
Stars: Joan Chen, Michelle Krusiec, Lynn Chen
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Wheeler
Stars: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Residents of the fictional town of Azalea Springs, Texas go into a panic after a gay local says the town's water supply is what made him gay.

Director: Kelli Herd
Stars: Keri Jo Chapman, Teresa Garrett, Derrick Sanders
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Annabelle is the wise-beyond-her-years newcomer to an exclusive Catholic girls school. Having been expelled from her first two schools she's bound to stir some trouble. Sparks fly between ... See full summary »

Director: Katherine Brooks
Stars: Erin Kelly, Diane Gaidry, Laura Breckenridge
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to ... See full summary »

Director: Shamim Sarif
Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering
Bloomington (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

"Bloomington" is a coming-of-age drama about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor.

Director: Fernanda Cardoso
Stars: Allison McAtee, Sarah Stouffer, Katherine Ann McGregor
The Gymnast (2006)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The talented Jane Hawkins (Dreya Weber, Lovely & Amazing) was an impressive gymnast at the top of her game until a devastating injury ended her career. Now she pours the passion, strength ... See full summary »

Director: Ned Farr
Stars: Dreya Weber, Addie Yungmee, David De Simone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

Director: Shamim Sarif
Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas
High Art (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom seek to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly falling in love with each other.

Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Stars: Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Andra Akers ...
...
Gwen Welles ...
...
Katie La Bourdette ...
...
Tyler Tyhurst ...
...
Pat
Antony Ponzini ...
Joe
Brenda Beck ...
Joyce
Sam Minsky ...
Best Man
Patricia Frazier ...
Change Girl
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

1950s | nevada | divorce | lesbian | casino | See All (19) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Media hora más contigo  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,492,088 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Patricia Charbonneau filmed the entire movie while pregnant. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

RAVE ON
Written by Norman Petty, Bill Tilghman and Sonny West
Performed by Buddy Holly
Courtesy of MCA Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Though a gay man, I find this film highly appealing, touching, and well-acted
6 May 1999 | by (sappho's lair) – See all my reviews

with a nice sound track (I love Patsy Cline). It has a good feel for the period in which it takes places (the late Eisenhower years.)

The theme of a lesbian coming to terms with her identity, as in this movie, is still relevant today - for a lesbian or gay man. And it is great to see finally a gay-themed movie that is NOT exploitative (like all those kinky lesbian vampire flicks) and has a happy and "gay" ending!


12 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
IN MY TOP 10----SO GOOD!!!! netflowers
Similar plot to one of my favourite novels Wilde_child
Yeah stuff123
Where's Patricia? manhattanyc4
Frances maclasch
New 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD--June 5 CoreyPR
Discuss Desert Hearts (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?