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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 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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The passages read aloud by Tony when he has to read Charles Dickens to Mr Todd are "Bleak House" and "Hard Times". Later, Mr Todd also mentions another Charles Dickens book, "Little Dorrit". 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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a lot of smoke but no real fire
21 August 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A story that raises many questions, even good ones, but gives only a few answers. A great cast, James Wilby is for example excellent as Tony Last, goes to work in this beautifully filmed melodrama set in the early thirties i UK and Brazil. The period feeling is great and so are the settings. The story is built up around a doomed marriage, but it is hard to really understand why. There is a lot of smoke here but no real fire until the late and great Sir Alec Guiness comes to work in the last 30 minutes creating a frightening illiterate fan of Charles Dickens. But superb acting on all hands and high class camera-work is not enough although the film is worth watching especially if you have a love for British culture and history, and don't we all...


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