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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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,032,942, 5 October 1990, Limited Release

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$11,567,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,472,449
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Fred Ward replaced Alec Baldwin as Henry Miller. Baldwin had been originally cast but pulled out about two weeks prior to filming. See more »

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Henry Miller: Hell of a place you got here, Hugo. Peaceful. Been here long?
Hugo Guiler: Just since the crash.
Henry Miller: Since the crash? How did you live before?
Hugo Guiler: We lived well. This is Henry Miller, the American writer Osborn is putting up. My wife, Anais Nin.
Henry Miller: How are you, Anis?
Hugo Guiler: Eduardo Sanchez, Anais' cousin. Anais, you should read Henry's stuff.
Richard Osborn: For my money, he's got it over D.H. Lawrence.
AnaÔs Nin: I'd love to read your writing.
Richard Osborn: He hasn't been published yet.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Gnossienne No. 3
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Paul Crossley
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I've done the vilest things - the foulest things - but I've done them... superbly.
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Anaïs Nin is hailed by many critics as one of the finest examples of writers of female erotica. She was one of the first women to really explore the realm of erotic writing, and certainly the first prominent woman in modern Europe to write erotica. Henry and June is based upon her life in Paris around 1931, and her relationship with Henry and June Miller. This relationship strongly influenced her as both a woman and an author.

Phillip Kaufman (Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Quills, Raiders of the Lost Ark) does a superb job of directing his own screenplay and presents a story that flows smoothly as it presents a picture of bohemian life in Paris that consumed the banker's wife.

I am not sure they could have found someone better than Fred Ward (Remo Williams) to play Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Black Spring). He just seemed to fit right in with the character.

Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) was fantastic as his wife, June, the bi-sexual who fell in love with Nin. After realizing that she lost Nin to her husband, she left him. What was interesting was that Nin immediately left Miller to return to her husband. You really need a scorecard to figure out who is married to and sleeping with whom.

Nin was played by Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros (Fabienne in Pulp Fiction). She was sensational as the woman who fell into the bohemian life and lifestyle.

There were brief appearances by Kevin Spacey as a lawyer who wanted to be a writer, and the person who introduced Nin to Miller.

The slice of life in Bohemian Paris in 1931 has to be seen to be believed. It was an exciting time and certainly an exciting place. To see a piece f some of the greatest writers in American erotica, even fictionalized, was also great.

Henry and June holds the distinction of being the first film to receive an NC-17 rating.


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