Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts (1985)

In 1959, Vivian Bell came to Reno, Nevada for a quick divorce. Of all the people she met there, the one who surprised her the most was herself.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1985-10-01
  • User Rating: 7.0/10 from 139 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 31min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Desert Hearts Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Donna Deitch
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From 139 Ratings


While waiting for her divorce papers, a repressed literature professor finds herself unexpectedly attracted by a carefree, spirited young woman named Cay.

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  • Helen Shaver

    as Vivian Bell
  • Patricia Charbonneau

    as Cay Rivvers
  • Audra Lindley

    as Frances Parker
  • Andra Akers

    as Silver Dale
  • Dean Butler

    as Darrell
  • Gwen Welles

    as Gwen
  • James Staley

    as Art Warner
  • Katie La Bourdette

    as Lucille
  • Alex McArthur

    as Walter
  • Tyler Tyhurst

    as Buck
  • Denise Crosby

    as Pat
  • Antony Ponzini

    as Joe
  • Jeffrey Tambor

    as Jerry
  • Donna Deitch

    as Hungarian Gambler
Directing Donna Deitch Director
Writing Jane Rule Author
Production Donna Deitch Producer
Art Jeannine Oppewall Production Design
Art David Brisbin Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Don Marando Hairstylist
Production Cami Taylor Co-Producer
Production Tim Flack Casting
Costume & Make-Up Linda M. Bass Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Richard Arrington Makeup Artist
Production Carol Jefferies Associate Producer
Camera Robert Elswit Director of Photography
Editing Robert Estrin Editor
Art Rosemary Brandenburg Set Decoration
Writing Natalie Cooper Writer