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Holy Smoke (1999)

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Ruth's been brainwashed by a guru in Delhi, India. Her parents in Sydney hire a specialist in reversing this. Ruth is tricked to return to Australia and is isolated in an outback cabin with the specialist. It gets messy.

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Jane Campion
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Ruth
Harvey Keitel ... PJ Waters
Julie Hamilton ... Mum
Sophie Lee Sophie Lee ... Yvonne
Dan Wyllie ... Robbie
Paul Goddard ... Tim
Tim Robertson ... Dad
George Rafael ... Yani (as George Mangos)
Kerry Walker ... Puss
Les Dayman ... Bill-Bill (as Leslie Dayman)
Samantha Murray Samantha Murray ... Prue
Sandy Gutman ... Stan (as Austen Tayshus)
Simon Anderson ... Fabio
Pam Grier ... Carol
Eva Martin 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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He had only one thing on his mind... but so did she! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax | Official Facebook

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holy Smoke! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,307, 5 December 1999

Gross USA:

$1,765,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,765,545
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

PJ Waters: I was young once, too, and handsome. You'd have been impressed.
Ruth Barron: I wasn't born!
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Alternate Versions

The sex scene between Keitel and Winslet has been trimmed in the U.S version. On the Australian VHS, Keitel is seen putting himself between Winslet's legs and reaching down to his crotch before thrusting. As they are making love, Winslet says "Don't come, don't come", then there is the sound of Keitel doing so. He stops, and Winslet moans for a bit before the film cuts to the next scene. In the U.S version, they trim Keitel getting inbetween her legs and reaching for his crotch. The scene plays out as normal just until Keitel "comes" and the sound of Winslet moaning is also trimmed. The U.S version also misses some of the thrusting and related sounds. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stars!: Kate Winslet See more »

Soundtracks

Puchho Jara Puchho
(Music by Nadeem Saifi (as Nadeem) / Shravan Rathod (as Shravan) Lyrics by Sameer)
Performed by Kumar Sanu & Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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Interesting idea, flawed execution
25 January 2000 | by bat-5See all my reviews

Holy Smoke has two good performances from Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel. It also has some nice cinematography and some interesting visual tricks, but apart from that, the film is kind of a mixed bag. The story concerns Winslet's family trying to break her from the hold of a religious sect in India. Harvey Keitel is called in by the family to break Winslet and return her to her family. What follows is a three day odyssey that contains an odd transformation from both characters. I'm not sure how I felt after seeing the film, to tell the truth I'm still not sure what the film was saying.


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