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Ask the Dust [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland, Eileen Atkins, Idina Menzel
  • Directors: Robert Towne
  • Writers: Robert Towne, John Fante
  • Producers: Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid, Chris Roberts, David Selvan, Don Granger
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2006
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIHN5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,894 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TL on 7 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I think this may have gone straight to video? Not sure. I don't remember seeing it come out. Anyway with Colin Farrell and Sama Hayek expectations were quite high. But I'm not sure either of them can act and there didn't seem to be a huge amount of chemistry there. For novelist John Fante fans the movie is actually quite faithful to the movie - except for the ending but I'm not going to do a plot spoiler here. If you have read the book then this DVD is worth getting. If not, not really.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Finlayson on 28 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
I recently read Fante's Ask the Dust and was keen to see how the film version would stand up. I was suprised by Farrells' ability to play the totured Bandini and I think he managed it extremely well. But then I've always preferred Farrell's more 'art-house' films (i.e. A Home At The End Of The World) and this film gives him an opportunity to display the acting talent that he has. Hayek is a great Camilla and although the film strays from the book for a slightly Hollywood ending, its worth the watching.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
I read a few reviews about this film that were scathing to say the least. One said it was as dull as dishwater, but that was an insult to dishwater. The omens were not good! But buoyed by the reputation of Robert Towne, the 70s screenwriting icon who wrote one of my favourite noir classics "Chinatown" and the off beat western "The Missouri Breaks", I convieniently forgot about the less than perfect "Mission Impossible" franchise and plunged in anyway. I was glad I did because it was not a bad film. Could have been better, but certainly deserved a wider release than it got, and subsequent obscurity. Now my pet hate is those awful Hollywood girly romances that truly want to make me throw up. The sort of films that my wife and daughters watch, whilst I tap away at my next pointless Amazon review in another room. I look in occasionally, get blanked and note that they have gone into some zen like Zombie world of their own, like when I am watching footie. Anyway to get back on track, this film is not like that. It was a romance I was actually able to watch to its conclusion, without being handcuffed to the sofa.

The film is set in 30s LA during the Great Depression. Colin Farrell plays a struggling young writer trying to hit the big time. Salma Hayek plays the Mexican waitress that he falls for, although he has an odd way of romancing her. He uses the old 'treat em mean, keep em kean' to full effect. He just keeps those old insults coming thick and fast, and amazingly does not get a punch in the eye for his trouble. Despite all love wins through, but as with even those soppy romances there are storm clouds on the horizon. Will they hit a big fat downpour, that is the question?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 1 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
Some great books can be made into movies effectively, eg The English Patient, Last of The Mohicans. Other great books cannot be made into a movie effectively, eg Atonement.

Ask The Dust falls into the later category. It is a weird and wonderful book (by John Fante) that I have read several times over the years. However this movie version by Robert Towne (Tequila Sunrise) is a non event. The first problem is with the main actors Farrell and Hayek. Farrell does not look like a poor starving writer who is living on a diet of fruit and coffee. He looks like he just stepped out of a gym. Hayek does not convince as the poor, ill waitress. She looks like an Amazonian Goddess, not a poor waitress with health problems.

The next problem is the love story element which contains as much emotional spark as Mr and Mrs Cruise in Days of Thunder. The pair initially bicker like Laurel and Hardy before eventually relenting to their love, though not before Hayek has emitted a slight cough which (in filmic cliche) indicated illness will soon subvert happiness.
The only interesting thing about this movie is how a Hollywood great- Robert Towne- managed to get it all so wrong.
Read the book. Its a classic.
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By sandra on 29 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Really great, thanks a lot
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 3 July 2007
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Ever since Frida, I have been waiting for Salma to come back and do a similar impressing movie and of course Salma pull this one off very well same goes for Collin Farrell. I don't think a lot of people really understand what they're seeing here. Never mind the source material; this is a glossy Hollywood melodrama in the vein of 'Some Come Running,' which is a good comparison, for that movie also dealt with the Artist Coming Into His Own and evolving into a more empathetic human being through a disastrous love story. I personally enjoyed it throughout. For me, the characters seemed real - people who were trying to be someone they were not, which fits with their environment.

Arturo and Camilla seemed to "fight" their love for each other, moment to moment alternately revealing or suppressing their prejudices. Take out the racial element and it reminded me a bit of Deanie and Bud in 'Splendor in the Grass', you almost expect them to burst into flames as they battle the demons that conspire to keep them apart. Just when they finally seem to find some peace with each other it all falls apart during the simple gesture of going on their "first" date. The passion between Atruro and Camillia is great and the love scenes are fantastic especially a flashback scene that takes place in the ocean. I was touched by Arturo's attempts to teach Camilla to read from one particular book (title of my review) and attain citizenship.

I was also impressed with the performances of Idina Menzel (especially the scene's with Atrturo mention by reviewer Damian) and Donald Sutherland (the latter a bit reminiscent of Sutherland's Homer Simpson in ("The Day of the Locust").
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