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Heat and Dust

R Released Aug 24, 1983 2h 13m Drama TRAILER for Heat and Dust: Trailer 1 List
79% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 59% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
When Anne (Julie Christie) discovers a long-forgotten family scandal involving her deceased grandmother, Olivia (Greta Scacchi), she decides to investigate further by traveling to the scene of the crime: India. In the 1920s, Olivia had been married to an official in the colonial government, but had an affair with an Indian man that resulted in an abortion and disgrace. By coincidence, Anne also finds herself conducting an affair with an Indian man, and faces similar social prejudice. Read More Read Less

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Gavin Millar Sight & Sound As a meditation on time, or colonialism, or national character, or on fashions in religion, philosophy, or medicine, or on the immutabilities of sex, Heat and Dust is as wise as it is unpretentious. Mar 16, 2020 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian After 37 years, Heat and Dust stands up as an intelligent, ambitious, substantial picture - with flaws but also intriguing aspects that were perhaps not sufficiently understood at the time. Rated: 4/5 Mar 8, 2019 Full Review Bilge Ebiri Village Voice There's a whole lot of cathartic pain in Heat and Dust, if you know where to look for it. Aug 29, 2017 Full Review David Bax Battleship Pretension Heat and Dust's mistake is the protraction of Anne's narrative into more than the framing device it logically ought to be. Dec 11, 2020 Full Review Molly Haskell Vogue In retreating from emotional involvement with its characters, Heat and Dust ultimately suffers from the gentility it parodies. Feb 26, 2020 Full Review Octavi Marti El Pais (Spain) Heat and Dust is an excellent film, best savored when accepting its slow rhythm. [Full Review in Spanish] Feb 5, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member A typical "Ivoryan" movie fascinating , stylish and very very "colonially british". More than well directed and acted by the whole cast. Great Scacchi and bright Christie ! God save The King...and Gandhi too ! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie Beautiful movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/07/21 Full Review Audience Member Anyone who wants to say a word about British India should read Forster's A Passage to India carefully. The 1982 movie's view of India regresses greatly from Forster's 1922 view. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Maybe it just hasn't aged well, but I found the themes to be dated and mildly offensive. Julie Christie and Greta Scacchi are both luminous, and unfortunately not a single male in the cast is worthy of either of them. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Intimate stories through the ages capturing the India of old and new through two female relations experiences. It's not a pacy story though and lags in several places. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Well made movie..smoothly goes into the past and into the present again..good story with good performances Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When Anne (Julie Christie) discovers a long-forgotten family scandal involving her deceased grandmother, Olivia (Greta Scacchi), she decides to investigate further by traveling to the scene of the crime: India. In the 1920s, Olivia had been married to an official in the colonial government, but had an affair with an Indian man that resulted in an abortion and disgrace. By coincidence, Anne also finds herself conducting an affair with an Indian man, and faces similar social prejudice.
Director
James Ivory
Producer
Ismail Merchant
Screenwriter
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Distributor
Universal Classics
Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 24, 1983, Original
Rerelease Date (Theaters)
Sep 1, 2017
Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 12, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$19.9K
Runtime
2h 13m
Sound Mix
Surround, Dolby
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