Unsatisfied with her life in England, young mother Julia relocates to Morocco with her small daughters, Lucy and Bea. Although the family enjoys various adventures, they struggle to make ends meet.


Gillies MacKinnon


Esther Freud (novel), Billy MacKinnon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Julia
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Bilal
Bella Riza Bella Riza ... Bea
Carrie Mullan ... Lucy
Pierre Clémenti ... Santoni
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ... Charlotte
Ahmed Boulane ... Ben Said
Sira Stampe Sira Stampe ... Eva
Amidou ... Sufi Sheikh
Michelle Fairley ... Patricia
Kevin McKidd ... Henning
Peter Youngblood Hills ... Hippy
Mohcine Barmouni Mohcine Barmouni ... Aziz
Annouar Zrika Annouar Zrika ... Hicham
Mohamed Cherkaoui Mohamed Cherkaoui ... Hadaoui


Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and interesting culture as they tag along on their mother's search for freedom and love. It is told through the eyes of the youngest girl, and we learn her observations on life, Mum, and determined sister, Bea. Written by Jesse Payne <RUbabes@aol.com>

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Morocco 1972. It's not about escape, it's about discovery... See more »

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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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The movie was filmed from October 1997 to December 1997, around the same time Titanic (1997) was becoming a global sensation. See more »


Lucy: Mom, is it Christmas yet?
Julia: No, darling. Not till morning.
Lucy: Is it morning yet?
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Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by the Rome Opera Orchestra
Conducted by Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
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A Breathing Brochure of Morrocco
5 March 2003 | by atrain224See all my reviews

"Hideous Kinky" is not a plot-driven movie but more of a meditation on time and place. And I can live with that. The photography is so rich with colors and beautiful locales, I want to visit Morrocco. The acting in splendid across the board with particular note to the two young girls who were handed quite a bit of duty with the roles. Where this movie failed me is in the character played by Kate Winslet. She behaves with such selfishness and stupidity--not once--but over and over again, that I really grew to dislike her. Sure...she may be a young, naive, adventurous, hippie in the early '70's, but a I refuse to believe she didn't realize what kind of danger she was putting her children in. "Hideous Kinky" is a good movie--not great. And it's good for one viewing, maybe two for the cinematography.

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Release Date:

13 January 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,431, 18 April 1999

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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