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Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | | Biography, Drama | 5 October 1990 (USA)
In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

Anaïs Nin (book), Philip Kaufman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Henry Miller
Uma Thurman ... June Miller
Maria de Medeiros ... Anaïs Nin
Richard E. Grant ... Hugo
Kevin Spacey ... Osborn
Jean-Philippe Écoffey Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Eduardo (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Jack
Juan Luis Buñuel Juan Luis Buñuel ... Publisher / Editor (as Jean-Luis Bunuel)
Féodor Atkine ... Spanish Dance Instructor (as Feodor Atkine)
Sylvie Huguel Sylvie Huguel ... Emilia
Artus de Penguern Artus de Penguern ... Brassaï
Pierre Étaix ... Henry's Friend No. 1 (as Pierre Etaix)
Pierre Edernac Pierre Edernac ... Henry's Friend No. 2 - Magician
Gaëtan Bloom Gaëtan Bloom ... Henry's Friend No. 3 - Magician (as Gaetan Bloom)
Alexandre De Gall Alexandre De Gall ... Henry's Friend No. 4 - Clown
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Storyline

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June shuttles between Paris and New York trying to find acting jobs while Henry works on his first major work, "Tropic of Cancer," a pseudo-biography of June. Anais and Hugo help finance the book, but June is displeased with Henry's portrayal of her, and Anais and Henry have many arguments about their styles of writing on a backdrop of a Bohemian lifestyle in Paris. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A True Adventure More Erotic Than Any Fantasy

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Henry ja June See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,032,942, 5 October 1990, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,567,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,472,449
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and released about four years after its source book "Henry and June" by Anaïs Nin had been first published in 1986. Nin is played in the film by actress Maria de Medeiros. See more »

Quotes

[Late at night in bed with Anais]
June Miller: I don't know why, I keep on thinking of this little Chinese restaurant that Henry and I used to go after I got off work. He'd wait for me outside the dance hall at two in the mornin', then we'd rush through the freezin' cold holding each other tight. We'd get there just before closing time sit in a booth by the window eatin' chow mein, watchin' the snow swirl by. There was some kind of unbelievable thrill in the air between us. I feel kinda haunted by it now. ...
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Connections

Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

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Gnossienne No. 3
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Paul Crossley
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Forgettable!
23 July 2001 | by b4peaceSee all my reviews

So some people described this film as: "great cinema", "absorbing movie", "perfectly acted", "amazing story", "stunningly filmed", and so on. I must have been watching a different movie!!!

Maybe we like movies if we see ourselves reflected in them? I couldn't relate to these characters. Were they really like this? I've been curious about Anais Nin for years and if this her actual portrayal, well I'm very disappointed. Henry, June and Anais are all selfish people who actually need to feel pain to feel alive! What a weird lot! And Hugo, what a fool to love someone like Anais.

None of them seem to know the meaning of true love. Anais particularly. June got it right when she criticised her for using people as food for her writing.

There's nothing in this film that makes it endearing or memorable to me. I lost interest early on but watched to the end in the hope that the film would redeem itself. But if you want an experience of erotica, then maybe this is a good example. And June Miller became a social worker (end credits)... give me a break!


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