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Holy Smoke (1999)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  22 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 ... See full summary »

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

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Holy Smoke!  »

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Opening Weekend:

£66,542 (UK) (7 April 2000)

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£138,350 (UK) (7 April 2000)
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On a fellow actor's advice, Kate Winslet drank 3 vodka-and-tonics for a scene involving her being drunk. See more »

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As the pickup truck with Ruth and PJ pulls away near the end of the film, the camera rig and crane are reflected in the truck's rear window. See more »

Quotes

PJ Waters: You know, you'd be better off crying.
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Crazy With A Core Message
14 August 2000 | by (Eugene, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I was in Karlovy Vary in June, 2000 and needed a break from Czech so I went to see Holy Smoke at a 5 p.m. showing. The Kino Cas required a minimum of 8 people to buy tickets or they would not show the movie. The crowd numbered about 12. I enjoyed Harvey Keitel and Kate Winslet's roles very much. Just when you think that you've met the most dysfunctional family in your personal experiences, here is one to top them all. Kate Winslet's family is in need of a "deprogrammer" to rescue their daughter from the clutches of Eastern Transcendentalism and they call on Harvey Keitel's character to get the job done. Some may find the movie silly but I thought it touched some real difficult issues faced by many. I was lost in thought during much of the film so I revisited the Cino Cas the following afternoon to see it again. It rated a 9 from my perspective. R Morris


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