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Holy Smoke (1999)

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While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire P.J. Waters, a macho ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ruth
... PJ Waters
Julie Hamilton ... Mum
Sophie Lee ... Yvonne
... Robbie
... Tim
Tim Robertson ... Dad
... Yani (as George Mangos)
Kerry Walker ... Puss
Les Dayman ... Bill-Bill (as Leslie Dayman)
Samantha Murray ... Prue
... Stan (as Austen Tayshus)
Simon Anderson ... Fabio
... Carol
Eva Martin ... Devotee
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Storyline

While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire P.J. Waters, a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. But P.J. quickly learns that he's met his match in the sexy, intelligent, and iron-willed Ruth.

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Sex captive in desert hideaway...young beauty seduced by macho American twice her age. See more »

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Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Holy Smoke!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,307, 5 December 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,758,780, 9 April 2000
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Trivia

The story text on the mock newspaper article which featured on many movie posters for the film under the headline "HOLY SMOKE!" in the fictional TABLOID TIMES read: "Sex captive in desert hideaway...young beauty seduced by macho American twice her age." See more »

Goofs

As the pickup truck with Ruth and PJ pulls away near the end of the film, the camera rig and crane are reflected in the truck's rear window. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Barron: Ok tampax tool, I'm gonna give it to you right up your arse. All this "man-hating" shit for a start. "Oh she criticised me, I'll call her a man hater!" I know what you want from me, you just want a youthful pussy transfusion, preferably one you can take home to show the men folk what a beautiful post you got to piss on. Jeans pressed, cowboy boots... is that a uniform for individuals, is it? I want a young man.
PJ Waters: Your physical superiority makes you unkind.
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Connections

Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Indian Ashram Music
Composed by Shiva Vyas
Performed by Shiva Vyas and Company
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Wildly creative, A+ for daring
9 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film is highly misunderstood. Reading some of the reviews I found it hard to believe they were related to the film I'd just seen. This is so much more than a battle of the sexes, it covers lots of ground: boundary in therapy, the legitimacy of mystical experience, the complexities of family dysfunction, the ingenuity of the human spirit when heart and individuality are threatened. I regret that many viewers and reviews seem to have seen the humorous aspect of the film as an indication that the film's themes are lacking in substance. This is a worthy film. I regret that it's not getting its due.


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