Handful Of Dust

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Based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, Handful of Dust is set amongst Britain's aristocracy of the 1930s. At sumptuous Hetton Abbey, tradition-bound country squire James Wilby and his wife Kristin Scott Thomas open their doors to well-connected but impoverished Rupert Graves. Graves returns Wilby's hospitality by having an affair with Scott Thomas, while Wilby gamboles about his estate without a clue of what is going on. Wilby's cloistered world comes tumbling down when Scott Thomas coolly demands a divorce, shortly ...
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Based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, Handful of Dust is set amongst Britain's aristocracy of the 1930s. At sumptuous Hetton Abbey, tradition-bound country squire James Wilby and his wife Kristin Scott Thomas open their doors to well-connected but impoverished Rupert Graves. Graves returns Wilby's hospitality by having an affair with Scott Thomas, while Wilby gamboles about his estate without a clue of what is going on. Wilby's cloistered world comes tumbling down when Scott Thomas coolly demands a divorce, shortly after the accidental death of their young son. Wilby discovers that his divorce settlement will cost him Hetton Abbey; he faces this circumstance by not facing it at all, preferring to escape to South America, stiff upper lip intact, in the company of a dotty explorer.
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Adapted from Evelyn Waugh's novel, this very British film about how adhering to very British values can lead one on a straight and unrelenting path to hell serves up the same kind of manors and manners as Brideshead Revisited (also directed by Sturridge), but it gives equal exposure to the rot and ruin lurking beneath. A Handful of Dust is a surpassingly nasty film, in which people do rotten things while maintaining a lacquered veneer of grace and civility. The hideousness of these actions, and their impact on the film's one decent character (James Wilby), constitute a trenchant, ironic indictment of essentially useless people. The film's physical look mirrors the malaise of its characters: prim and picturesque as a still from a Merchant/Ivory excursion, the staid exterior sets a deceptively ordered stage for a story about the failures of tradition. The film features great performances by Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas as his chilly wife, Rupert Graves as her wastrel lover, Anjelica Huston as a visiting American who puts things in perspective, and Alec Guinness as a loony jungle explorer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • UPC: 026359212628
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Wilby Tony Last
Kristin Scott Thomas Brenda Last
Rupert Graves John Beaver
Anjelica Huston Mrs. Rattery
Alec Guinness Mr. Todd
Judi Dench Mrs. Beaver
Pip Torrens Jock Grant-Menzies
Cathryn Harrison Milly
Peggy Aitchison Waitress
Jeannette Baillie Rosa
Timothy Bateson MacDouglas
Richard Beale Ben
Maureen Bennett Marjorie's Maid
Annabel Brooks Daisy
Graham Crowden Mr. Graceful
Alice Dawnay Winnie
Duke of Norfolk Gardener
Beatie Edney Marjorie
Marsha Fitzalan Polly Cockpurse
Moyra Fraser Mrs. Northcote
Stephen Fry Reggie
Christopher Godwin Mr. Messinger
William Gonzalez Indian Singer
Alan Hay Club Porter
Julian Infante Indian Spokesman
Tristram Jellinek Richard Last
John Junkin Blenkinsop
Jack Kyle John Andrew Last
Richard Leech Doctor
Norman Lumsden Ambrose
Roger Milner Vicar
Tamsin Olivier Veronica
Kate Percival Miss Ripon
John Quentin Brenda's Solicitor
Matthew Ryan Club Page
Hugh Simon Travel Agent
Jeanne Watts Nanny
Technical Credits
Charles Sturridge Director, Screenwriter
Peter Coulson Editor
Eileen Diss Production Designer
George Fenton Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Derek Granger Producer, Screenwriter
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Michael Jeffery Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Jane Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Sullivan Screenwriter
Sally Sutton Makeup
Jeffrey Taylor Executive Producer, Producer
Chris Townsend Production Designer
Kent Walwin Executive Producer, Producer
David Wimbury Associate Producer, Producer
Evelyn Waugh Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Dreaming of a Holiday [8:59]
2. A Weekend Guest [6:14]
3. Visiting London [7:54]
4. Taking a Flat [6:12]
5. A Game of Charades [10:21]
6. The Fox Hunt [9:22]
7. Telling Brenda [8:52]
8. Going On [7:22]
9. Two Breakfasts [6:56]
10. Meeting a Traveler [7:38]
11. The Lost City [9:28]
12. Medicine for Everything [6:10]
13. Hard Times [8:53]
14. The Missing Watch [2:52]
15. Funeral [2:38]
16. End Credits [3:14]
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