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Desert Hearts

Year:
Duration:
96 min
Genres:
Drama | Romance
IMDB rate:
7
Director:
Donna Deitch
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1986-03-07
Filming Locations: Reno, Nevada, USA
Earnings
Budget: $1,250,000
Opening Weekend: $22,862 (USA) (6 April 1986)
Gross: $2,424,221 (USA) (28 September 1986)
Cast
Actor
Character
Helen Shaver
Vivian Bell
Patricia Charbonneau
Cay Rivvers
Audra Lindley
Frances Parker
Andra Akers
Silver
Dean Butler
Darrell
Gwen Welles
Gwen
James Staley
Art Warner
Katie La Bourdette
Lucille
Alex McArthur
Walter
Tyler Tyhurst
Buck
Brenda Beck
Joyce
Sam Minsky
Best Man
Patricia Frazier
Change Girl
Sheila Balter
Roadside Waitress
Tom Martin
Red Cap
Joan Mankin
Casino Waitress
Frank Murtha
Minister
Dave Roberts
Lon
Bob Blankman
Croupier
Ron Fisher
Drunk Gambler
Gene Skaug
Announcer
Donna Deitch
Hungarian Gambler
Jeffrey Tambor
Jerry (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Patricia Charbonneau filmed the entire movie while pregnant.
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The $350,000 budget for the film was raised independently with limited partnerships.
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Patricia Charbonneau was married at the time of filming and Helen Shaver would meet her future husband, a key grip on the film, while making it.
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Goofs
Though the movie is set in 1959 the markings on the center line of the highway are yellow. Such lines were white until 1971 when the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices mandated a switch to yellow.
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Toward the end of the movie, when Vivian and her divorce lawyer are walking down the steps of the courthouse, you can see an older woman with a straw hat walk up the stairs by them. When Vivian & the lawyer reach the door to walk outside, you can see the same woman walking in.
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Quotes
Cay: Can't you find something better to do?
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Cay: Vivian, we have to get out of here, you know. Stand up. Take a walk. Have a Coke. Window shop?
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Vivian: I wouldn't know what to do.
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Photos from cast
Denise Crosby Antony Ponzini