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Heat and Dust

Heat and Dust

Julie Christie
Director: James Ivory Cast: Julie Christie
Julie Christie
, Christopher Cazenove
Christopher Cazenove
, Greta Scacchi
Greta Scacchi
James Ivory


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Two women, related but separated by 60 years, have parallel experiences in the evocative environment of India in this period drama from producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory. Based on the 1975 novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (a longtime collaborator for Merchant Ivory Productions), the story begins with Ann (Julie Christie) as she discovers some letters written by her great-aunt Olivia (Greta Scacchi), which soon inspire her to travel to India to continue researching her relative's past. The letters reveal that when she was young, the free-spirited Olivia fell in love with an Indian nobleman (Shashi Kapoor) and left her husband -- an administrator in the British colonial government -- for her new paramour. After Ann arrives in India, her life and the modern rush of cars and people are played off against flashbacks to Olivia's life in a colonial setting. When the environment of each woman is compared and the nature of their momentous decisions are placed side by side, their rites of passage and the society that dominated their choices stand out in high relief. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1983 British Academy Awards for her script for Heat And Dust.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/12/2017
UPC: 0741952841593
Original Release: 1983
Rating: R
Source: Cohen Media Group
Time: 2:10:00

Special Features

Autobiography of a Princess, the Merchant Ivory short film; Feature-length Audio Commentary Track; Original Trailer; 2017 Re-release trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Christie Anne
Christopher Cazenove Douglas Rivers
Greta Scacchi Olivia
Julian Glover Mr. Crawford
Susan Fleetwood Mrs. Crawford
Shashi Kapoor The Nawab
Madhur Jaffrey The Begum
Nickolas Grace Harry
Zakir Hussain Inder Lal
Barry Foster Maj. Minnies
Patrick Godfrey Dr. Saunders
Jennifer Kendal Mrs. Saunders
Sudha Chopra Chief Princess
Ratna Pathak Rita, Lal's Wife
Tarla Mehta Mother, Inder Lal's
Jayut Kripilani Dr. Gopal
Leelabhai Leelavati
Praveen Paul Maji
Charles McCaughan Chid
Amanda Walker Lady Mackleworth

Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Ray Beckett Sound/Sound Designer
Humphrey Dixon Editor
Susie Figgis Casting
Maurice Fowler Art Director
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Connie Kaiserman Producer
Barbara Lane Costumes/Costume Designer
Walter Lassally Cinematographer
Ismail Merchant Producer
David Nichols Asst. Director
Richard Robbins Score Composer
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Ram Yadekar Art Director
Ram Yedekar Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heat and Dust
255. Chapters
1. The Search For Olivia [8:42]
2. Cultural Differences [12:17]
3. Distinguished Guests [12:33]
4. An Invitation [9:05]
5. The Nawab's India [5:46]
6. Good Karma [12:22]
7. Pilgrimage [5:31]
8. Chapter 8 [3:37]
9. Harry Come Home [9:45]
10. Slander [12:06]
11. Ulterior Motive [9:08]
12. Not Just The Heat [9:40]
13. Desperate Measures [10:39]
14. A House In The Mountains [8:23]
15. Chapter 15 [:01]
Disc #2 -- Heat and Dust: Bonus Features
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [:59]
2. Chapter 2 [:01]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [2:37]
2. Chapter 2 [:01]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [1:37]
2. Chapter 2 [:01]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [1:58]
2. Chapter 2 [:01]

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