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Hideous Kinky (1998)

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writers:

Esther Freud (novel), Billy MacKinnon
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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It's not just an adventure... It's a love affair. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

13 January 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A marokkói kaland See more »

Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£136,980 (United Kingdom), 7 February 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,431, 18 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,262,786, 15 August 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title of the film and book comes from the only two words the two girls remember their mum's friend saying "Hideous" and "Kinky". Bea in particular uses the words in a game that the girls play which is similar to "tag" but if she shouts "Hideous Kinky" before her sister tags her she is free. See more »

Quotes

Julia: What's this? Paper hats, how useful!
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Featured in Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006) See more »

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Somebody To Love
Composed by Grace Slick
Performed by Jefferson Airplane
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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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