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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 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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delhi | cult | sydney australia | guru | prayer | See more »

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Sex captive in desert hideaway...young beauty seduced by macho American twice her age. See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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

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22 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Holy Smoke!  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£66,542 (UK) (7 April 2000)

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£138,350 (UK) (7 April 2000)
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Trivia

On a fellow actor's advice, Kate Winslet drank 3 vodka-and-tonics for a scene involving her being drunk. See more »

Goofs

When PJ is driving in the red outfit, he is on the left-hand "driver" side. When the lady gets in the car, he then has switched to the right-hand side (still driving). The lady is then in the left driver side where PJ was originally. 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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