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Holy Smoke (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 3, 1999
 UK: 31 Mar 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 24, 2003
 R2: 1 May 2002

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong sexuality and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 55 minutes

Country USA, Australia

Studio Miramax

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Other Titles
• Holy Smoke
• Holy Smoke! (1999)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Satire, Love, Gay/Lesbian, Erotic, Psychodrama, Religion

Tagline: He had only one thing on his mind... but so did she!

Plot: In this wildly inventive film from director Jane Campion (THE PIANO), Kate Winslet stars as Ruth, a headstrong Australian woman determined to get back to India in time to join a group marriage to her guru. Her family, hoping to break the cult leader's psychic grip on Ruth, hires P.J. (Harvey Keitel), a macho American deprogramming expert teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown. A no-holds-barred battle of the psyches, cultures, and sexes ensues as P.J. and Ruth fight, connive, and eventually fall into bed together in what becomes a mutual search for individual truth. The strong performances of the two stars, a hilariously offbeat script (cowritten by Campion and her sister, Anna), and a wealth of delicious, texture-enhancing flourishes (including some surreal bits of computer animation, Pam Grier's work in a small role as P.J.'s partner, and a wild opening sequence set to Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy") combine to make HOLY SMOKE! a weird, winning blend of goofy comedy and hallucinatory mysticism.

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 Directed by
Jane Campion
The Piano, In the Cut, The Portrait of a Lady
 Written by
Jane Campion
The Piano, In the Cut, The Portrait of a Lady
Anna Campion
Moments, Loaded
Kate Winslet
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland
Harvey Keitel
Reservoir Dogs, Taxi Driver, From Dusk Till Dawn
Pam Grier
Jackie Brown, Mars Attacks!, Ghosts of Mars
Sophie Lee
Muriel's Wedding, The Castle, Bootmen
Daniel Wyllie
Muriel's Wedding, Chopper, Romper Stomper
Paul Goddard
The Matrix, Babe, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
 Music By
Angelo Badalamenti
Lost Highway, Blue Velvet, The Straight Story
Alanis Morissette
Dogma, Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill - Live, Fuck

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