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Desert Hearts ()


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A woman on the precipice of divorce becomes drawn to a ranchowner's daughter.

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Vivian Bell
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Cay Rivvers
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Frances Parker
Andra Akers ...
Silver
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Gwen
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Darrell
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Art Warner
Katie La Bourdette ...
Lucille
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Walter
Tyler Tyhurst ...
Buck
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Pat
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Joe
Brenda Beck ...
Joyce
Sam Minsky ...
Best Man
Patricia Frazier ...
Change Girl
Sheila Balter ...
Roadside Waitress
Tom Martin ...
Red Cap
Joan Mankin ...
Casino Waitress
Frank Murtha ...
Minister
Dave Roberts ...
Lon
Bob Blankman ...
Croupier
Ron Fisher ...
Drunk Gambler
Gene Skaug ...
Announcer
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Hungarian Gambler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Chaplin ...
Groomsman (uncredited)
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Jerry (uncredited)

Directed by

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Donna Deitch

Written by

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Jane Rule ... (novel "Desert of the Heart")
 
Natalie Cooper ... ()

Produced by

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Donna Deitch ... producer
Carol Jefferies ... associate producer
Cami Taylor ... co-producer

Cinematography by

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Robert Elswit

Film Editing by

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Robert Estrin

Editorial Department

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Sandra Adair ... assistant editor
Don Starnes ... assistant editor: dailies synching (uncredited)

Casting By

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Tim Flack

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Jeannine Oppewall

Art Direction by

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David Brisbin

Set Decoration by

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Rosemary Brandenburg

Costume Design by

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Linda M. Bass ... (as Linda Bass)

Makeup Department

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Richard Arrington ... makeup artist
Don Marando ... hair stylist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Whitney R. Hunter ... second assistant director (as Whitney Hunter)
George W. Perkins ... first assistant director (as George Perkins)

Art Department

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Lisa De Alva ... assistant property master
Trish Gallaher Glenn ... property master (as Trisha B. Gallaher)

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Beth Bergeron ... sound effects
John Brasher ... sound mixer
Roberta Doheny ... sound effects / sound mixer
Alia Kahn ... sound effects
Austin McKinney ... production sound mixer
Lars Nelson ... sound effects
Jack M. Nietzsche Jr. ... boom operator

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Fred Culbertson ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Curtis Bradford ... best boy grip
Stephen Crawford ... best boy electric
Martin J. Layton ... first assistant camera
David Lear ... still photographer
Mitch Marcus ... second assistant camera
Jane O'Neal ... still photographer
Kirk A. Peterson ... grip
Steve Smith ... key grip
John Zumpano ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Sally Lear ... extras casting: Reno
Jeff Oshen ... casting associate

Location Management

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Shirley Dale ... location coordinator
Michael 'Doc' Dill ... location manager

Music Department

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Robert Estrin ... music consultant
Terri Fricon ... music supervisor
Gay Jones ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Fred Culbertson ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Benita Brazier ... script supervisor
Louise Kollenbaum ... title designer
Coni Lancaster ... production associate
Geralyn Miller ... production coordinator
Vince Onken ... craft service

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Plot Summary

It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage, and feels out of place at the ranch she stays on, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivers, an open and self-assured lesbian, and the ranchowner's daughter. The emotions released by their developing intimacy, and Vivian's insecurities about her feelings towards Cay, are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country and western songs. Written by Neil Lewis

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Taglines The all-time favorite lesbian film classic! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Media hora más contigo (Spain)
  • Redescobrindo o Amor (Brazil)
  • Неприкаянные сердца (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Cuori nel deserto (Italy)
  • Pustynia serca (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Budget $1,250,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $22,862, 06 Apr 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia Patricia Charbonneau filmed the entire movie while pregnant. See more »
Goofs Though the movie is set in 1959 the markings on the center line of the highway are yellow. Such lines were white until 1971 when the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices mandated a switch to yellow. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995). See more »
Soundtracks LEAVIN' ON YOUR MIND See more »
Quotes Vivian: I wouldn't know what to do.
Cay: You can start by putting the 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the door.
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