Heat and Dust

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Cross-cutting between two generations, James Ivory's sprawling epic of self-discovery is also a lush evocation of the prismatic and sensuous beauty of India. As she searches for answers to the mystery surrounding a long-ago affair between her aunt Olivia (Greta Scacchi) and an Indian prince (Shashi Kapoor), Anne (Julie Christie) becomes immersed in the local culture, the pull of the past simultaneously leading her into a clearer view of her own future. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay adapts her own novel to great effect, and Richard Robbins provides the haunting score. The film earned the Merchant Ivory team 9 BAFTA nominations and a Palme d'Or nomination at Cannes for director James Ivory. A new 4K Restoration.

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Christopher Cazenove
as Douglas Rivers
Julian Glover
as Mr. Crawford
Susan Fleetwood
as Mrs. Crawford
Shashi Kapoor
as The Nawab
Madhur Jaffrey
as The Begum, His Mother
Zakir Hussain
as Inder Lal
Barry Foster
as Maj. Minnies
Amanda Walker
as Lady Mackleworth
Patrick Godfrey
as Dr. Saunders
Jennifer Kendal
as Mrs. Saunders
Sudha Chopra
as Chief Princess
Ratna Pathak
as Rita, Lal's Wife
Tarla Mehta
as Mother, Inder Lal's
Jayut Kripilani
as Dr. Gopal
Sajik Khan
as Dacoit Chief
as Leelavati
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

  • After 37 years, Heat and Dust stands up as an intelligent, ambitious, substantial picture - with flaws but also intriguing aspects that were perhaps not sufficiently understood at the time.

    Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There's a whole lot of cathartic pain in Heat and Dust, if you know where to look for it.

    Aug 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Heat and Dust contains wonderful sights and sounds and textures. It is seductive, treating both of its love stories with seriousness; these are not romances, but decisions to dissent.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Only James Ivory's somnolent good taste could make this passage to India so drab, but he gets a bright performance from Julie Christie... and a ravishing one from Greta Scacchi.

    May 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's unlikely to win over Merchant-Ivory skeptics, but it does represent an intriguing transition from the India-centered social realism of their earlier work to the lavish literary adaptations for which they would become famous.

    Aug 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Lovely and leisurely, it lacks the repressed sexual "heat" of the greatest Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala period pieces.

    Aug 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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