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Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | | Biography, Drama | 5 October 1990 (USA)
Anaïs Nin meets the American writer, Henry Miller, in Paris in 1931. She keeps a diary of her sexual awakening which includes Henry and his wife, June.

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

Anaïs Nin (book), Philip Kaufman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Eduardo (as Jean-Philippe Ecoffey)
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Jack
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

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

NC-17 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first ever film to be rated NC-17 after the X rating was replaced by NC-17. See more »

Quotes

June Miller: I wanna be drunk.
June Miller: And make... you drunk.
June Miller: Because I'm intimidated by you.
June Miller: I need to feel free to say anything, and know that you'll forgive me.
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Connections

Referenced in Andy Barker, P.I.: Pilot (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Barnacle Bill The Sailor
Composed by Frank Luther
Performed by Fred Ward
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Maria de Medeiros as Anais = Perfect
10 December 2002 | by zenlunaticSee all my reviews

If you're drawn to this film as a Henry Miller fan and expecting the Paris of Tropic of Cancer, you'll be let down. This film is a character-driven drama and therefore it is not intended to reproduce Miller's vision. Instead, the film focuses on (then) newly revealed excerpts from Anais Nin's diary. Four characters: Miller, Anais, June (Miller's wife), and Hugo (Anais' husband) complete the love square within which fairly complex relationships play out.

The film is primarily concerned with Anais' sexual awakening through her relationship with Miller and his wife. And I have to say, de Medeiros exceeds all expectations in this role. Not only does she look remarkably like the young Anais, but she also seems to radiate the writer's deep erotic mystique. If nothing else, watch this film just for this performance-- besides, she's absolutely gorgeous. Thurman's performance is also quite good, her NYC accent believable and her dirty-girl role works well in contrast to Anais' bourgeois exterior. Ward as Miller took some getting used to, but Grant's character seemed wooden and artificial.

Literary and historical references are sparsely sprinkled throughout the film, and although Miller has a few monologues in which he attempts to express the point of his writing, Miller fans will find nothing more than a superficial synopsis. But again, this can't be counted against the film since its focus is Anais. As far as the eroticism of the new "Journals" goes, the film succeeds fairly well- but the images convey more than the dialog.

This brings me to my final point: the NC-17 rating. Historically, this film was the first with that rating-- the MPAA created the rating specifically for this film since they deemed it to risqué for an R. By today's standards, this film is an R. If you're looking for softcore, watch "Emmanuelle" or something.

7/10


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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,032,942, 8 October 1990

Gross USA:

$11,567,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,472,449
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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