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Heat and Dust (1983)

R | | Drama, Romance | January 1983 (UK)
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to ... See full summary »

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Cazenove ... Douglas Rivers, the Assistant Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Greta Scacchi ... Olivia, his wife (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Julian Glover ... Crawford, the District Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Susan Fleetwood ... Mrs. Crawford, the Burra Mensahib (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Patrick Godfrey ... Saunders, the Medical Officer (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Jennifer Kendal ... Mrs. Saunders (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Shashi Kapoor ... The Nawab (At the Palace in Khatm)
Madhur Jaffrey ... Begum Mussarat Jahan, the Nawab's mother (At the Palace in Khatm)
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Harry Hamilton-Paul (At the Palace in Khatm)
Barry Foster ... Major Minnies, the Political Agent (At the Palace in Khatm)
Julie Christie ... Anne (1982 in Satipur Town)
Zakir Hussain Zakir Hussain ... Inder Lal, Anne's landlord (1982. In Satipur Town)
Ratna Pathak Shah ... Ritu, Inder Lal's wife (1982. In Satipur Town) (as Ratna Pathak)
Tarla Mehta Tarla Mehta ... Inder Lal's mother (1982. In Satipur Town)
Charles McCaughan ... Chid (1982. In Satipur Town)
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Storyline

Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to Douglas, a civil servant in the colonial administration, comes to live with him in India. Slowly, Olivia becomes fascinated by India and by the local ruler, a nawab who combines British distinction with Indian pomp and ruthlessness. This fascination is not without risks: the region is being ransacked by a group of sanguinary bandits, and intrigues are opposing the prejudiced British community led by Major Minnies and Dr. Saunders against the nawab. As Anne delves into the history of her grand-aunt, she is led to reconsider her own life. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

1982. In Satipur Town See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,079, 18 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,856, 10 September 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Very nearly abandoned after a budgetary collapse midway through shooting, Heat and Dust (1983) went on to become Merchant Ivory's biggest hit in years, paving the way for their even more successful trio of E.M. Forster adaptations, A Room with a View (1985), Howards End (1992) and Maurice (1987). See more »

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Olivia, his wife (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur): You have these set notions about what English women are supposed to stand. Why should anybody tell me what I can stand and what I can't stand? Well, if you want to know, the only thing I can't stand is English women. Memsahibs.
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Referenced in The Mindscape of Alan Moore (2005) See more »

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My brief review of the film
24 July 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

As per usual, James Ivory captures a good feel for the period and setting, helped by, as usual, a fitting Richard Robbins score. As a cultural study, it has some things to say, with an insight into the culture of the indigenous Indian population, but it conveys little in the way of messages, as the screenplay is awfully convoluted, not helped by switching between different narrators and time periods. Some of the supporting characters are not defined well either, and there are a few lethargic gaps between events in the tale. The filming on-location is great, and generally it is all rather well made, but it pales against the work that Merchant-Ivory would produce later on, as this simply is not near a perfect film.


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