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Desert Hearts (1985)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 March 1986 (USA)
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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$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 Steve Smith, a key grip on the film, while making it. See more »

Goofs

While the film is set in 1959, the opening scene is of the "Super Chief" rail service pulling into Reno, NV, while in fact it was a service of the Santa Fe railroad at the time, one which did not get anywhere near Reno. Compounding the error the scene mistakenly indicates that the line was operated by the Union Pacific Railroad while the diesel locomotive seen pulling the train into the station at Reno is labeled with the (U.S.) Department of Transportation logo, a federal entity established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, and which began operation on April 1, 1967. See more »

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Cay: Come on. I'm used to this.
Vivian: Well, I'm not!
Cay: Listen, you're just visiting the way I live. I guess it would suit you find to hide in that hotel room until your train leaves.
Vivian: Oh, then let's hire a float. You are so insistent on making everyone think the way you do!
Cay: Oh, yeah. You're making real headway in that department!
Vivian: No fear, no confusion, so self-assured.
Cay: I don't act that way to change the world. I act that way so that the goddamn world won't change me!
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WONDERING
Written by Joe Werner
Performed by Webb Pierce
Courtesy of Shelby Singleton Enterprises, Inc.
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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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