Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts

Director: Donna Deitch Cast: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Subtitled)

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Director Donna Deitch makes a strong impression in her first feature film, a simple story of a lesbian love affair based on Jane Rule's 1964 novel Desert of the Heart. Helen Shaver stars as Vivian Bell, an uptight, 35-year-old Columbia University professor who travels to Reno to get a divorce. She arrives in Reno on her way to the ranch of Frances Parker (Audra Lindley), where she is staying to establish six weeks of residency in order to obtain the divorce. Once at the ranch, Vivian catches the fancy of Frances' adopted daughter Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), a casino worker ten years younger than herself. Vivian tries to remain unruffled as Cay makes unabashed overtures to her. Cay thinks that all Vivian needs is the love of another woman, and soon enough the two are in each other's arms.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2017
UPC: 0715515205917
Original Release: 1985
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 5,486

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised by Director of Photography Robert Elswit with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary from 2007 featuring Director Donna Deitch; New conversation between Deitch and actor Jane Lynch; New interviews with actors Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau; Remembering Reno, a new program featuring Deitch, Elswit, and Production Designer Jeannine Oppewall; Excerpt from Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule, a 1994 documentary about the author of Desert of the Heart, the 1964 novel on which the film is based; Plus: An essay by critic B. Ruby Rich

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Shaver Vivian Bell
Patricia Charbonneau Cay Rivvers
Audra Lindley Frances Parker
Andra Akers Silver
Gwen Welles Gwen
Dean Butler Darell
Katie La Bourdette Lucille
James Staley Art Warner
Jeffrey Tambor Jerry
Antony Ponzini Joe Lorenzo
Alex McArthur Walter
Tyler Tyhurst Buck
Denise Crosby Pat
Tom Martin Red Cop
Donna Deitch Hungarian Gambler

Technical Credits
Donna Deitch Director,Producer
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
David Brisbin Production Designer
Natalie Cooper Screenwriter
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Robert L. Estrin Editor
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Cami Taylor Co-producer

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Desert Hearts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened upon this movie years ago and instantly fell in love with Pasty Cline! The soundtrack alone is enough reason to buy the movie. Some of the acting is a little stiff, but the characters are engaging, and the story is interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story happened to me, so I know how divorcee Vivian Bell felt. The story is a warm and realistic reproduction of life as it really exists. Its conclusion says that life can be enjoyed in more ways than one. Or as they say, dont knock it until you've tried it.
FNlucky More than 1 year ago
Desert Hearts was the first lesbian themed movie I ever watched. Fell in love with it right away. I recently bought it used from the company TwiceBooked. I recieved the DVD 2 days after I placed my order. It was in perfect condition. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for Excellent Service!!! Thanx, Alyssa
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