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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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Trivia

The movie's source "Heat and Dust" novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won the Booker Prize in 1975. See more »

Quotes

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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Wonderful, spellbinding... words that spring to mind, I loved it and recommend it
23 February 2008 | by malcotoroSee all my reviews

This is an awesome movie, I am not writing a critical review, perhaps it is because I allow myself to fade into the film, I am transported to that time and place, I am not looking to find fault with this or that. I have just recently discovered this Ivory Merchant production, a flawless gem from 1983, interesting and amazing. I was enthralled and spellbound with the performance of the beautiful British actress primarily Greta Scacchi, similarly easy on the eye, an apt and good role for the lovely Julie Christie, with a host of other well known stars. Rating 6.6? I don't think so... the compelling authentic storyline of the British Raji in India in the 1920s, the music, the photography make it first class for me. I see no weaknesses as indicated by other reviewers. Obviously there is a mutual attraction between the British Officer's wife and the handsome, powerful Indian Prince, what other details need be explained? This DVD goes into my collection with the other Ivory Merchant masterpieces, Howards End, Room with a View and Remains of the Day. 24 yrs old, I am glad I found it in 2008 Comment from Malcolm in Toronto, 23rd February 2008


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