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Holy Smoke (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  18 February 2000 (USA)
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While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. But PJ quickly learns that he's met his match in the sexy, intelligent and iron-willed Ruth! Written by Anonymous

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He had only one thing on his mind... but so did she! See more »

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£66,542 (UK) (7 April 2000)

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£138,350 (UK) (7 April 2000)
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According to an interview following the shoot, Kate Winslet admitted that in the urination scenes there was bag taped to her leg to pull off the effect. Finally she got frustrated and asked Jane Campion if she could just urinate herself. Campion did one take this way, but the urine was harder to control than Winslet had thought, and the take was scrapped. See more »

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When at first Ruth is in the middle of a circle of her relatives, she has a jewel in the middle of her forehead. Then the jewel disappears for a while and then reappears for the remainder of the scene. See more »

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PJ Waters: I was young once, too, and handsome. You'd have been impressed.
Ruth Barron: I wasn't born!
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Referenced in Eisai to tairi mou: Episode #1.2 (2001) See more »

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(Words by Alanis Morissette, Music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard)
Music Corporation of America Inc./Vanhurst Place Music/MCA Music Publishing, a division of Universal Studios Inc./Aerostation Corporation.
All rights for Vanhurst Place Music controlled & administered by Music Corporation of America Inc. (BMI)
All rights for Aerostation Music controlled and administered by MCA Music Publishing, a division of Universal Studios,
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Performed by Alanis Morissette
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Very good subject but the movie lacks depth
23 September 2004 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

The interesting and important themes dealt with make this movie well worth watching.

First you think that it will be a simple educational movie about cult addiction and recovery - but then the plot starts to get complicated. Maybe even a bit too complicated, because the end part of the movie feels rather artificial.

The story tells about very important and even universal things: meaning of life, feelings of emptiness, relationships of leaders and their pupils, human nature, need of love. But though those themes are thought provoking, the movie itself lacks a lot as a movie. I cannot help thinking that someone could have made this into a much better movie (shouldn't be the fault of the makers though, many of them have had good artistic achievements).

The persons lack enough depth. The truly complicated nature of people is not - after all - portraited realistically enough in this movie. Because of that you never start to take the movie seriously enough despite the many dead serious themes dealt with.

Very difficult movie to rate. In purely artistic sense, the movie: acting, directing, filming etc. is worth maybe 6/10, but because of the important thought provoking subject, I give it a much better 8/10.


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