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Hideous Kinky (1998)

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Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bella Riza ...
Carrie Mullan ...
Pierre Clémenti ...
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Ben Said
Sira Stampe ...
Sufi Sheikh
Mohcine Barmouni ...
Annouar Zrika ...
Mohamed Cherkaoui ...


Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and interesting culture as they tag along on their mother's search for freedom and love. It is told through the eyes of the youngest girl, and we learn her observations on life, Mum, and determined sister, Bea. Written by Jesse Payne <>

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Morocco 1972. It's not about escape, it's about discovery... See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A marokkói kaland  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£136,980 (UK) (5 February 1999)


$1,262,786 (USA) (13 August 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Kate Winslet started the production in a heavily weakened state as she was recovering from a severe case of amoebic dysentery. The illness had caused her to miss the London premiere of Titanic (1997). See more »


Bea: It's because I flooded the bathroom and the ceiling fell in and the cats ran off, that's when she started talking about Marocco and the sufi's. Mom says a sufi doesn't ask who a sufi is... so what the hell is a sufi anyway?
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Authenticity, great characters, good story
21 April 1999 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is the story of a Julia, young Englishwoman who travels to Morocco in 1972 with her two young daughters in search of enlightenment. Kate Winslet, of Titanic fame, plays the lead, and evokes the experience of the early 70s, with its innocent hippie culture. The two young daughters, 6 and 8, are delightful and seem much wiser than their mother, who loves them dearly but is somewhat overwhelmed by the world around her.

Perhaps it was the sound system, but my American ears missed some of the British dialog and I wished I was watching it on videotape so that I could rewind and hear some of it again. Also, some of the editing seemed disjointed, and episodic rather than a smooth flow. However, I loved the cinematography, the setting, the realistic portrayal of Morocco. Casting was more than excellent, especially the two young actresses who played the daughters. Much of the story is told from the children's point of view, which added dimension and insight.

There's a romance between Julia and a charismatic street acrobat, played by a hunk of an actor named Said Taghaoui, who also works at a quarry doing hard physical labor. We get a serious glimpse into his character and his world. One great thing about the film is that the story moves along with twists and turns and, at the same, time, there are culture clashes and explorations of responsibility, escapism and common sense. Always, there is a sense of tension and a constant concern for the children.

The movie portrays a time and place and mindset that has a sense of authenticity. I give it one of my highest recommendations.

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