A Handful of Dust (1988)





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Set in the Britain of the 1930's, a country squire and his wife take in a poor, but well-connected man. Unbeknownst to the squire, his wife soon begins an affair with the guest, and when she asks for a divorce he responds by taking off to South Africa.
Art House & International , Drama , Television
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London Weekend Television


James Wilby
as Tony Last
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Brenda 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
Norman Lumsden
as Ambrose
Kate Percival
as Miss Ripon
Jack Kyle
as John Andrew Last
Richard Leech
as Doctor
Tristram Jellinek
as Richard Last
Stephen Fry
as Reggie
Graham Crowden
as Mr. Graceful
Timothy Bateson
as MacDougal
Moira Northcote
as Mrs. Northcote
Tamsin Olivier
as Veronica
Alice Dawnay
as Winnie
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
Peggy Aitchison
as Waitress
Christopher Godwin
as Mr. Messinger
Julian Infante
as Indian Spokesman
William Gonzalez
as Indian Singer
Duke of Norfolk
as Gardener
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Audience Reviews for A Handful of Dust

Good cast. Poor script. I was disappointed.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Beautifully filmed, excellent period detail and superb costume design. Wonderful performances from everyone, especially James Wilby and Kristin Scott Thomas. It does seem longer than it actually is though, and it does ha ve some slower parts, but a fine film.

James Higgins
James Higgins

"A Handful of Dust," from Evelyn Waugh's novel, is a devastating condemnation of polite society, a lemon-sour period piece directed by Charles Sturridge. At first it seems to be a subtle examination of the breakdown of an upper-crust English marriage circa 1930. It then turns into part revenge flick, part wacky jungle adventure. Throughout the 1988 film, odd characters pop up and disappear without leaving much of a trace. Even without reading the book, it's obvious that the whole story didn't make it onscreen.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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