Desert Hearts

MGM / UA   (1985) / Region 1   3.81   See All Reviews
Desert Hearts

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"Daring, Erotic, Touching." -Los Angeles Herald-Examiner

A blockbuster debut feature from director Donna Deitch (Criminal Passion), this "refreshingly lively and poignant" (The Hollywood Reporter) drama, written for the screen by Natalie Cooper, is based on Jane Rule's cult classic novel Desert of the Heart - a soulful portrayal of relationships between women. With standout performances from Helen Shaver (The Color Of Money) and Patricia Charbonneau (Kiss The Sky), this compelling film is "luminous, tender and memorable" (Update).

Leaving behind a loveless 12-year marriage, stressed-out and fed-up university professor Vivian Bell (Shaver) travels to Reno, Nevada, in search of new adventures. And when wild-card casino cash-girl Cay Rivvers (Charbonneau) takes a shine to changes her life. But as Vivian succumbs to Cay's spell of carefree living, she wonders whether a mismatched pair of hearts could ever become two of a kind in a high-stakes game of love.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 17 2000
  • Production Year 1985
  • Empire SKU 20284
  • UPC Code 027616857682
  • Studio  MGM / UA
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles French and Spanish


Audio Commentary with Director Donna Deitch
Original Theatrical Trailer


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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