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A Handful Of Dust [1988] [DVD]

3.8 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jackson Kyle, James Wilby, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rupert Graves, Anjelica Huston
  • Directors: Charles Sturridge
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Prism Leisure
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sept. 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000CERTD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Rupert Graves, Kristin Scott Thomas, James Wilby, Judi Dench, Alec Guinness "Don't let anyone tell you this isn't the best Waugh ever filmed. It is impeccable in looks, sentiment, locations, casting... everyone in the film is so good!" Alexander Walker - Evening Standard. Tony and Brenda Last (James Wilby and Kristin Scott Thomas) appear to be the perfect married couple - with money, a great country house and an adored son, John Andrew. When Tony inadvertently invites John Beaver (Rupert Graves), an idle and penniless young socialite, to stay for the weekend, he sets in motion a series of events which drastically disrupts the course of all their lives. Special Features 5.1 Sound Chapter/Scene Selection Director Commentary Star Biographies Trailer

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Adapted from Evelyn Waugh's Jazz Age satire, A Handful of Dust is a brutal story of a failed marriage with shattering consquences. James Wilby stars as a country gentleman, Tony Last, who loves rattling around his expansive estate, Hetton Abbey.

Tony's wife, Brenda (Kristin Scott Thomas), however, pines for London's excitement and commences an affair in the city with penniless aristocrat John Beaver (Rupert Graves). The fallout of Brenda's betrayal includes a family tragedy and creative divorce settlement ultimately undone when fed-up Tony goes on a naturalist trek through Brazil and becomes the hostage of a mad, illiterate explorer (Alec Guinness). One might wonder whether it's more appropriate to laugh or tremble at these events, and director Charles Sturridge's handsome, graceful production ingeniously accommodates the story's streaks of dark comedy and horror. With brief, memorable supporting roles for Anjelica Huston and Stephen Fry.----Tom Keogh


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