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A Handful of Dust (1988)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  24 June 1988 (USA)
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The wife's affair and a death in the family hasten the demise of an upper-class English marriage.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tony Last
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Brenda Last
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John Beaver
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Mrs. Rattery
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Mrs. Beaver
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Mr. Todd
Richard Beale ...
Ben
Jackson Kyle ...
John Andrew
Norman Lumsden ...
Ambrose
Jeanne Watts ...
Nanny
Kate Percival ...
Miss Ripon
Richard Leech ...
Doctor
Roger Milner ...
Vicar
Tristram Jellinek ...
Richard Last
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Jock
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Storyline

We see the detritus of an abandoned camp in South America and a main character's hallucination. Then, the story beings. Tony and Brenda Last, lord and lady, live on his enormous estate with their young son. Tony's not much for parties, and Brenda joins London society, on the arm of a penniless man, John Beaver, a hanger-on at Tony's club. John is encouraged by his entrepreneurial mother, who sees a quid in Tony and Brenda. Brenda and John become lovers, Brenda spends more and more time in London, and Tony's without a clue. Then, bringing things to a head are tragedy, law suits, greed, and what should be a few-months' expedition to Brazil. We are each of us merely a handful of dust. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

24 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy marék por  »

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$1,560,700 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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James Wilby and Rupert Graves play love rivals in A Handful of Dust (1988), but in Maurice (1987) they played lovers. See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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King Of Love My Shepherd Is
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Traditional Irish melody
Words by Henry W. Baker (1868)
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Hard to take
3 September 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

but well worth the time. The actors are perfection while the story is allowed to tell itself with crushing realism. This isn't a movie that is going to make you smile much but it will probably make you think.


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