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Desert Bloom

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Set in 1950, this is a convincing, well-acted drama about a young girl's growing up in Las Vegas amidst poverty and a turbulent home life. The 13-year-old Rose (Annabeth Gish) lives with her mother (JoBeth Williams), stepfather (Jon Voight), and two sisters in a working-class home. Trouble is brewing on several fronts: her stepfather is his usual abusive self but is dipping into the bottle more frequently, her glitzy Aunt Starr (Ellen Barkin) arrives for a six-week stay and causes an upheaval in the marriage, and...
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Overview

Set in 1950, this is a convincing, well-acted drama about a young girl's growing up in Las Vegas amidst poverty and a turbulent home life. The 13-year-old Rose (Annabeth Gish) lives with her mother (JoBeth Williams), stepfather (Jon Voight), and two sisters in a working-class home. Trouble is brewing on several fronts: her stepfather is his usual abusive self but is dipping into the bottle more frequently, her glitzy Aunt Starr (Ellen Barkin) arrives for a six-week stay and causes an upheaval in the marriage, and an above-ground nuclear bomb is about to be exploded at the government test site (only 65 miles away). If Rose can survive all this with her health, her sanity, and her clear intelligence intact, it will not be due to her supportive environment.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English; Subtitles: English, French; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Taking its place somewhere between Bill Forsythe's knowing, delicate, adolescent character study Housekeeping and Tony Richardson's dark period melodrama Blue Sky, Eugene Corr's Desert Bloom often runs the risk of crossing the line from slice-of-life epiphanies to soap opera pathos. Luckily, the film's performances reign in its tendency to romanticize its period signifiers and none-too-subtle atomic-age backdrop. As the blowsy sister-in-law who stirs up a variety of trouble -- both hormonal and otherwise -- Ellen Barkin threatens to walk away with the picture. Without resorting to flamboyant tics or floozy stereotypes, Barkin inhabits a life that the other performers -- trapped in the script's literate, young-adult novella-quality narrative -- can't seem to muster. That doesn't stop them from trying, however, and Annabeth Gish and JoBeth Williams both manage to find solid supporting ground opposite Barkin and a slightly overblown Jon Voight. Desert Bloom was one of the first films to be backed by the support of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • UPC: 043396078871
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Voight Jack Chismore
JoBeth Williams Lily Chismore
Ellen Barkin Aunt Starr
Allen Garfield Mr. Mosol
Annabeth Gish Rose Chismore
Jay Underwood Robin
Desiree Joseph Dee Ann Chismore
Dusty Balcerzak Barbara Jo Chismore
Todd Barish Spelling Bee Contestant
Kysha Doty Spelling Bee Contestant
Ray LeFre Adult Party Goer
Reynaldo Villalobos Jr. Boy Finalist
Tressi Loria Shelly
Laura Rasmussen Meryl
William Lang Colonel
Jim McCarthy Driver
Ann Risley Mrs. Muratore
Rick Scheiffer Mr. Brandal
Irene Goodnight R.C. Volunteer
Eugenia Moran R.C. Nurse
Danica Remy Nurse
Bruce Wineinger Texan
Armen Dirtadian Publicist
Molly Fontaine Ava
Al Petito Radio Clerk
Randy Harris Photographer
Chris Corr Delivery Boy
Fred C. Smith Tour Guide
Steven Mastroieni Nick
Bob Gish Superintendent
Onna Young Spelling Bee Contestant
Jesse Sloan Spelling Bee Contestant
Sherry Allen Spelling Bee Contestant
Doris Berman Woman at Spelling Bee
Judith Gish Spelling Bee Moderator
Mike Stein Adult Party Goer
Tamara Cooley Adult Party Goer
Patty Harbor Adult Party Goer
Johnny L. Watkins Cab Driver
Mark Jenkins AEC Officer
Technical Credits
Eugene Corr Director, Screenwriter
Boss Film Corp. Special Effects
Cari Coughlin Editor
John Currin Editor
Brad Fiedel Score Composer
David Garfield Editor
Beth Gutcheon Screenwriter
Michael Hausman Producer
Vaughn Horton Songwriter
Deborah Lucchessi Casting
Lawrence Miller Art Director
Ben Nye Jr. Makeup
Hilary M. Rosenfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Reynaldo Villalobos Cinematographer
Robert Zilliox Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:51]
2. Jack Chismore [3:01]
3. Vodka, Vodka Everywhere [2:39]
4. The Proud & the Impotent [2:54]
5. Fuel for Thought [5:55]
6. Aunt Starr [5:15]
7. Family Dinner [3:34]
8. Pink Pinkie Club [1:06]
9. The A-Bomb Announcement [2:33]
10. Duck & Cover [:55]
11. Max Mosol [4:01]
12. Poolside at the Flamingo [3:27]
13. Even Heroes Have to Rest [6:12]
14. "A Bushel and a Peck" [5:33]
15. Hoover Dam [3:25]
16. No Hard Feelings [3:27]
17. Dance Practice [3:34]
18. Back at the Front [1:35]
19. Disciplined [4:27]
20. Meryl's Dance Party [5:43]
21. A Word With Lily [3:11]
22. Just Kidding Around [:33]
23. Spelling Bee Championship [3:56]
24. Settling a Family Argument [6:43]
25. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" [5:06]
26. Bomb Site Camp-Out [6:09]
27. "The Worst Times Were Over" [1:40]
28. Desert Bloom [4:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Fran├žais
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      Avalon
      The Lords of Flatbush
      Places in the Heart
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