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Heat and Dust (1983)

R | | Drama, Romance | January 1983 (UK)
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Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to ... See full summary »

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Cazenove ... Douglas Rivers, the Assistant Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Greta Scacchi ... Olivia, his wife (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Julian Glover ... Crawford, the District Collector (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Susan Fleetwood ... Mrs. Crawford, the Burra Mensahib (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Patrick Godfrey ... Saunders, the Medical Officer (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Jennifer Kendal ... Mrs. Saunders (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur)
Shashi Kapoor ... The Nawab (At the Palace in Khatm)
Madhur Jaffrey ... Begum Mussarat Jahan, the Nawab's mother (At the Palace in Khatm)
Nickolas Grace ... Harry Hamilton-Paul (At the Palace in Khatm)
Barry Foster ... Major Minnies, the Political Agent (At the Palace in Khatm)
Julie Christie ... Anne (1982 in Satipur Town)
Zakir Hussain Zakir Hussain ... Inder Lal, Anne's landlord (1982. In Satipur Town)
Ratna Pathak Shah ... Ritu, Inder Lal's wife (1982. In Satipur Town) (as Ratna Pathak)
Tarla Mehta Tarla Mehta ... Inder Lal's mother (1982. In Satipur Town)
Charles McCaughan ... Chid (1982. In Satipur Town)
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Storyline

Anne is investigating the life of her grand-aunt Olivia, whose destiny has always been shrouded with scandal. The search leads back to the early 1920s, when Olivia, recently married to Douglas, a civil servant in the colonial administration, comes to live with him in India. Slowly, Olivia becomes fascinated by India and by the local ruler, a nawab who combines British distinction with Indian pomp and ruthlessness. This fascination is not without risks: the region is being ransacked by a group of sanguinary bandits, and intrigues are opposing the prejudiced British community led by Major Minnies and Dr. Saunders against the nawab. As Anne delves into the history of her grand-aunt, she is led to reconsider her own life. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

1982. In Satipur Town See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,289, 3 September 2017

Gross USA:

$1,761,291

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,772,889
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Greta Scacchi was only chosen for her part one week before shooting. See more »

Quotes

Olivia, his wife (The Nineteen Twenties in the Civil Lines at Satipur): You have these set notions about what English women are supposed to stand. Why should anybody tell me what I can stand and what I can't stand? Well, if you want to know, the only thing I can't stand is English women. Memsahibs.
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A journey of two souls
12 November 2011 | by intinvestorSee all my reviews

It's a story told in two different time periods of two different woman who are attached by decision taken by both of them in there lives. Both the era generated by director with there details are mesmerizing, but modern day India dulls against the British one as there are many clichés that are shown which exist till today among western countries about India. Period films are mastered by merchant ivory production and this one of the finest examples of it. We are captured by the brilliant photography and then by the characters etched by screenwriter and director. Greta schahi proves her mettle in her first major role and Julie Christie is just as natural as always. Casting of every little character is perfect. Best thing is the way story is told, how two era become one and how easily is one moving from one to other.modern day story dulls little bit against raj era one but it is saved by Julie Christie's beautiful presence. Certain question arise and they are answered beautifully. How we get in a relationship with someone who is so different from us culturally and in every way, is it just the avaibality or something more ? Human mind is such an intriguing place to understand. Why we take certain steps always remains a question. Just like the character of chid. Who is running away from world yet is attached to it.


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