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Release Date:
24 June 1988 (USA) See more »
The wife's affair and a death in the family hasten the demise of an upper-class English marriage. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Classically English, if slightly untidy film See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Wilby ... Tony Last

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Brenda Last
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

Anjelica Huston ... Mrs. Rattery

Rupert Graves ... John Beaver

Judi Dench ... Mrs. Beaver

Pip Torrens ... Jock

Beatie Edney ... Marjorie

Stephen Fry ... Reggie

Graham Crowden ... Mr. Graceful
John Quentin ... Brenda's Solicitor

Timothy Bateson ... MacDougal

Moyra Fraser ... Mrs. Northcote

Marsha Fitzalan ... Polly Cockpurse
Annabel Brooks ... Daisy
Tamsin Olivier ... Veronica
Maureen Bennett ... Marjorie's Maid
Hugh Simon ... Travel Agent
Alan Hay ... Club Porter
Matthew Ryan ... Club Page

Cathryn Harrison ... Milly
Alice Dawnay ... Winnie

John Junkin ... Blenkinsop
Peggy Aitchison ... Waitress (as Peggy Atchison)
Christopher Godwin ... Dr. Messinger
Jeannette Baillie ... Rosa
Julian Infante ... Indian Spokesman
Wiliam Gonzalez ... Indian Singer

Alec Guinness ... Mr. Todd
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giles Bickford ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Sturridge 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Derek Granger  writer
Charles Sturridge  writer
Tim Sullivan  writer
Evelyn Waugh  novel

Produced by
Nick Elliott .... executive producer
Derek Granger .... producer
Jeffrey Taylor .... executive producer
Kent Walwin .... executive producer
David Wimbury .... associate producer
Original Music by
George Fenton 
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan 
Film Editing by
Peter Coulson 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Eileen Diss 
Chris Townsend 
Costume Design by
Jane Robinson 
Makeup Department
Miri Ben-Schlomo .... assistant makeup artist (as Miri Ben Schlomo)
Sally Harrison .... assistant hair stylist
Sandy Jelamby .... make-up: Venezuela (as Sandy Jelambi)
Patricia Kirkman .... hair stylist
Tirso Mohamad .... make-up assistant: Venezuela
Efren Salazar .... make-up assistant: Venezuela
Sally Sutton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Matthew Binns .... unit production manager
Nicolás Di Blasi .... production manager: Venezuela (as Nicholas Di Blasi)
Richard Izarra .... production supervisor: Venzuela
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aherne .... assistant director
Peter Kohn .... assistant director
Melvin Lind .... assistant director
Isabel Pares-Reyna .... second assistant director: Venezuela
Art Department
Alan Bailey .... property master
John Bailey .... dressing props
Simon Basketter .... property creator
Gordon Billings .... standby
Brian Blues .... construction
Abraham Bucce .... set decorator: Venzuela
Stephen Challenor .... standby (as Steve Challenor)
Frederick Crawford .... construction
Robert Harper .... construction
John Hedger .... construction
Ron Higgins .... standby
Alan Hooper .... construction
Richard Hornsby .... assistant art director
Reginald Keywood .... construction (as Reg Keywood)
Richard Law .... construction
Kevin Lloyd .... standby
Leocadio Lopez .... property master: Venezuela
Bill Lowe .... construction
George Malin .... dressing props
Stephenie McMillan .... set dresser
Peter Mounsey .... standby (as Peter Moundsey)
John O'Connor .... construction
Alan Perez .... standby
Brian Read .... prop buyer
David Smith .... construction
Gerry Stewart .... construction (as Gerald Stewart)
Ted Stickley .... dressing props
Dennis Wilson .... construction (as Denis Wilson)
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... footsteps editor
Ron Butcher .... sound maintenance
John Ireland .... sound editor
Angelica Landry .... assistant
Simon Manley .... assistant editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... re-recording mixer
Michael Parkinson .... assembly editor (as Mike Parkinson)
John Salter .... boom operator
Peter Sutton .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jorge Morillo .... special effects: Venzuela
Oswaldo Perez .... special effects: Venzuela
Camera and Electrical Department
Argenis Acosta .... grip: Venzuela
Francisco J. Arraiz .... electrician: Venezuela
Alexander Barroeta .... electrician: Venezuela (as Alexander Berroeta)
Angel Belfort .... electrician: Venezuela
Miguel Berzares .... grip: Venzuela
Roger Bustamante .... loader: Venzuela
Murray Close .... still photographer
Adam Cooper .... loader
Argenis Gonzalez .... electrician: Venezuela
Pedro Gonzalez .... grip: Venzuela
Alan Grosch .... electrician
Brian Martin .... best boy
Ron Maton .... electrician
Reg Parsons .... gaffer
Luke Quigley .... grip
Carlos Rosales .... electrician: Venezuela
Uwe Schult .... focus: Venezuela
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Stefan Stankowski .... first assistant camera
Angel Suarez .... grip: Venzuela
Antonio Subero .... key grip: Venzuela (as Antonio Suveros)
Brian Sullivan .... electrician
John Turner .... electrician
Alfonso Vera .... gaffer: Venezuela
Danilo Vucenovic .... still photographer: Venezuela
Paul Woods .... electrician
Casting Department
Teresa Topolski .... casting assistant (as Tessa Topolski)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Coleson .... wardrobe assistant
Jenny Hawkins .... wardrobe assistant
Michael Jeffery .... wardrobe supervisor
Joy Kleiner .... associate costume designer
Tania Perez .... wardrobe: Venezuela
Gustavo Rodriguez .... wardrobe assistant: Venezuela
Editorial Department
Angelica Landry .... assistant editor
Location Management
Christopher Knowles .... location manager
Bob Nadkarni .... location research
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
George Fenton .... conductor
George Fenton .... orchestrator
Keith Grant .... music engineered by
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer
John Warren .... additional orchestrator
John Warren .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Coleman .... transport
Luis Garcia .... transportation: Venezuela
Steve Hill .... transport
Maurice Newsome .... transport
Johny Rodriguez .... transportation: Venezuela
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Aracelys M. Alviarez .... adminstration: Venezuela
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... assistant to the producers
Gillian Bates .... production co-ordinator
Maria E. Gil Beroes .... production secretary: Venezuela
Simon Brito .... runner: Venzuela
Paul Cadiou .... production accountant
Saundra Chapman .... assistant accountant
Stephanie Clark .... production assistant
William Figuera .... adminstration: Venezuela
Toby Ford .... production runner
Gustavo Garcia .... adminstration: Venezuela (as Dr. Gustavo Garcia)
Roland G. Haiek Wuff .... producer for 5247 Producciones (as Roland G. Haiek)
Martin Horton .... assistant to the producers
Ovidio Jimenez .... runner: Venzuela
Lynda Levy .... unit publicist
Rolando Loewenstein .... producer for 5247 Producciones
Jane Moscrop .... production co-ordinator
Esther M. Ochoa .... ethnic consultant
Ana Maria Bartoli Pearse .... production assistant: Venezuela
David Ranegar .... adminstration: Venezuela
Francisco Sotillo .... adminstration: Venezuela
Liliana Velez .... production assistant: Venezuela
Ene Watts .... script supervisor (as Ene Vanaveski Watts)
Edward Fitzalan-Howard .... thanks (as His Grace the Duke of Norfolk)
Martin Fitzalan-Howard .... thanks (as Lord Martin Fitzalan Howard)

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Also Known As:
"Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust" - Australia (TV title), USA (DVD box title)
"Evelyn Waugh's a Handful of Dust" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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USA:118 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Actors James Wilby and Rupert Graves play love rivals in A Handful of Dust (1988), but in the previous year's Merchant Ivory film, Maurice (1987), they played lovers.See more »
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Classically English, if slightly untidy film, 5 December 2007
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

The hammerblow of human cruelty dressed in the velvet glove of pre-war hoch-Englishness. It's distressing that terrible things happen to the pathetic yet likable protagonist Tony (James Wilby) - even more so that they are delivered in the slow drip of self-interested scheming rather than in galvanising dramatic confrontations.

Actually, Wilby is one of the two weak links of this film. He's not quite got the richness or range to suggest a redemptive development to his character. He's not sympathetic enough. The other might be Sturridge's peculiar, impressionistic direction that can fail to give the story enough propulsion.

What the film does have are a number of fine performances from a top-drawer supporting cast. One fears Alec Guiness may be a final-frame cameo, but his contribution is in fact at least as substantial as Brando's in Apocalypse Now. Kristin Scott Thomas is quite excellent, at once endearing and blindly self-interested. And I also liked very much Pip Torrens, a really sharp study of a new sort of British gent - modern and knowing, but no cad. 6/10

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