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Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | | Biography, Drama | 5 October 1990 (USA)
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Hugo
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Osborn
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Eduardo (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
Bruce Myers ...
Jack
Juan Luis Buñuel ...
Publisher / Editor (as Jean-Luis Bunuel)
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Spanish Dance Instructor (as Feodor Atkine)
Sylvie Huguel ...
Emilia
Artus de Penguern ...
Brassaï
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Henry's Friend No. 1 (as Pierre Etaix)
Pierre Edernac ...
Henry's Friend No. 2 - Magician
Gaëtan Bloom ...
Henry's Friend No. 3 - Magician (as Gaetan Bloom)
Alexandre De Gall ...
Henry's Friend No. 4 - Clown
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In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June shuttles between Paris and New York trying to find acting jobs while Henry works on his first major work, "Tropic of Cancer," a pseudo-biography of June. Anais and Hugo help finance the book, but June is displeased with Henry's portrayal of her, and Anais and Henry have many arguments about their styles of writing on a backdrop of a Bohemian lifestyle in Paris. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A True Adventure More Erotic Than Any Fantasy

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Biography | Drama

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$11,567,449 (USA)
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The film is apparently one of only three Academy Award nominated films to be released with an NC-17 rating in the USA. The films are Henry & June (1990), _Wild at Heart_, which were both released in the same year, and Requiem for a Dream (2000). See more »

Quotes

June Miller: I wanna be drunk.
June Miller: And make... you drunk.
June Miller: Because I'm intimidated by you.
June Miller: I need to feel free to say anything, and know that you'll forgive me.
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composed by Francisco Tárrega
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an erotic masterpiece.
18 January 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

this film is just flat out exotic in every sense. the period details and characterizations are perfect and the controversial erotic material well integrated into plot and pacing of the film.

the basic plot involves Maria DeMedeiros' character's affair with famous author Henry Miller (Fred Ward) and her attraction to his wife June (a smoldering performance by Uma Thurman.)

all of the actors and actresses involved do splendid work but it is the beautiful Uma Thurman who steals this film. she's only in the film about 25 minutes but those scenes radiate an eroticism that has been unmatched by any film since. she is simply gorgeous in this role and any person doubting her acting ability due to her poor script choices recently should check out her performance in this film.

the much talked-about erotic elements and explicit sex scenes that caused the MPAA to create the now useless NC-17 rating, are actually well integrated into the film and actually work to create better understandings of the 3 principle characters through their sexual behaviors and practices. the film isn't all sex like some people think, but when the erotic elements rear their head, the intensity and focus of these scenes throw people off kilter.

overall this is a fantastic film that drags just a little bit near the beginning and end, but is perfectly acted and stunningly filmed.

a great date film or for people who love truly great cinema.

rating:9.5


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