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A Handful of Dust (1988)

A Handful of Dust





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Based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, Handful of Dust is set amongst Britain's aristocracy of the 1930s. At sumptuous Hetton Abbey, tradition-bound country squire James Wilby and his wife Kristin Scott Thomas open their doors to well-connected but impoverished Rupert Graves. Graves returns Wilby's hospitality by having an affair with Scott Thomas, while Wilby gamboles about his estate without a clue of what is going on. Wilby's cloistered world comes tumbling down when Scott Thomas coolly demands a divorce, shortly after the accidental death of their young son. Wilby discovers that his divorce settlement will cost him Hetton Abbey; he faces this circumstance by not facing it at all, preferring to escape to South America, stiff upper lip intact, in the company of a dotty explorer.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Television, Art House & International
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Written By: Tim Sullivan, Derek Granger, Charles Sturridge, Derek Granger, Tim Sullivan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 2004
London Weekend Television


James Wilby
as Tony Last
Rupert Graves
as John Beaver
Anjelica Huston
as Mrs. Rattery
Judi Dench
as Mrs. Beaver
Alec Guinness
as Mr. Todd
Jackson Kyle
as John Andrew
Beatie Edney
as Marjorie
Kate Percival
as Miss Ripon
Jack Kyle
as John Andrew Last
Tristram Jellinek
as Richard Last
Graham Crowden
as Mr. Graceful
Timothy Bateson
as MacDougal
Moira Northcote
as Mrs. Northcote
John Junkin
as Blenkinsop
John Quentin
as Brenda's Solicitor
Moyra Fraser
as Mrs. Northcote
Marsha Fitzalan
as Polly Cockpurse
Maureen Bennett
as Marjorie's Maid
Hugh Simon
as Travel Agent
Alan Hay
as Club Porter
Matthew Ryan
as Club Page
Christopher Godwin
as Mr. Messinger
Julian Infante
as Indian Spokesman
William Gonzalez
as Indian Singer
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for A Handful of Dust


Beautiful and tragic. Classic Evelyn Waugh.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

Good cast. Poor script. I was disappointed.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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