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Desert Hearts Special Edition
Desert Hearts Special Edition
I.D. 9038 & dvd_0145, R-Rated
1985, 91 min.
Wolfe Video
Directed by Donna Deitch
 


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5-Star Film! 

Starring
Helen Shaver & Patricia Charbonneau.

Description
[CC] The all-time favorite lesbian film classic!

It's 1959, and New York English professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver, The Color of Money) has come to Reno for a quickie divorce. Staying at a dude ranch, she meets the proprietor's stepdaughter, the sexy casino change-girl Cay Rivers (Patricia Charbonneau, Kiss the Sky). Despite their differences, sparks fly as free-spirited Cay introduces strait-laced Vivian to the wild-west casino scene and the haunting beauty of the desert. No one is angrier than the dude ranch proprietor (Audra Lindley, Three's Company. And no one is more surprised than the beautiful-but-repressed Vivian when the friendship evolves into unexpected, hot passion.

Desert Hearts pulses with a 50's country western soundtrack featuring Patsy Cline, Buddy Holly, Patti Page, Johnny Ray, Elvis Presley and more.

DVD Features
2-disc set, Region 1 only (U.S. & Canada), chapter index, 16:9 letterbox, Dolby 2.0 sound, extended love scene, director commentary, cast interviews, photo gallery, theatrical trailer & other trailers.

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Editor
This movie needs no introduction, it is a classic of lesbian erotic cinema, as aficionados are well familiar. This video had been completely out of print for years, it was re-released on May 2nd (2000) to the joy of many people. The tape also contains the original theatrical trailer.

Illusion
Until recently, this has been one of the most difficult to find movies in the Lesbian Film Canon, but believe me, it's always been worth the search.

Critic: Clever, spunky dialog and excellent acting make for an excellent movie. Even the minor characters are well done and fun to watch. It's a funny, romantic, witty and sensitive movie for anyone to enjoy.
Rating: A-

Lover: A beauty in the genre, Vivian's self discovery was perfection to behold. Cay did a nice job seducing her, although I found her to be a bit pushy sometimes. The love scene is one of the most passionately captivating scenes you'll see in a long time.
Rating: A-

Voyeur: Helen Shaver is one of those sexy and elegant actresses that you always wish you could see in a movie like this. This film let's us see just how beautiful and sensual she can be.
Rating: A-

Bamanonymous
I have always preferred some kind of a seduction scene to girl-girl lovemaking, rather than the usual "they just start doing it together" format. This film is wonderful in this extent. Patricia Charboneau's character is very believeable in her seduction of Helen Shaver's very uptight (but still gorgeous) visitor to Vegas. I only wish more writers would include this element of seduction in their scripts.

El Seven
This scene was the very first I'd seen to make me realize how beautiful two women could be together. When she instrtucts Helen Shaver to close/lock the door (she complies) I was nearly hyperventilating! Love how they are both sweating while kissing too. Unquestionably classic. A must see for all lesbian love scene fans.

lk_ie
This film was the first one I saw that had a lesbian romance in it, and the first I ever video-taped...11 years ago! The acting is first class, how I wish all girl-girl scenes had such emotion put in to them. I agree with the previous reviewer that story line and seduction are just as important as the sex. This film is a true classic, other directors please take note.

Muffdiver
I haven't seen this movie for years, but it is still fresh in my memory. The kissing in the one sex scene is the best I have ever seen. If an adult director re-made this movie, and took the storyline and included more kissing and explicit sex it would sell like hot cakes. For a movie to be truly erotic it must be believable, a point most porno directors don't understand.

Lotus
This is a very well written, directed, and acted film that has well developed characters and witty and intelligent dialog. The characters are just a bit clichéd. Vivian is an English lit professor who comes to rural Nevada for a quickie divorce after a long marriage. Cay is a regular workin’ gal who’s been busy livin’ life while the reserved academic Vivian has been reading about it in books.

Of course the free spirited Cay brings Vivian out of her shell and into her bed. The love making is erotic due to the sexual tension that has built over the course of the story but isn’t very explicit or long. It is sweet, tender, affectionate, and intimate and the good acting and dialog add a great deal to the realistic feel of it.

I wouldn’t recommend this movie for sexual content, Lezlove carries hundreds of movies that have more sex action in them, but I would recommend it as a mainstream story about two women who find each other. Four out of five stars.

dalton
I saw this film when it first came out. I've seen it at least once a year since then. NOWHERE else in lesbian films has there been such a sensual love scene. 5-Stars - it moves me as much today as ever.

Molson
This was the very first movie I saw that had lesbian scenes in it and it was awesome. Desert Hearts is a true masterpiece of classic Cinema.

Faethon
I remember watching this movie a long time ago on cable TV, and there's no doubt about it, a true classic film and a wonderful lesbian scene (especially of course for Helen Shaver fans!).

MONGO
Well, it's a nice film if you're new to the genre. Otherwise, viewers may find it too Hollywood and accordingly is found lacking when compared to the earnest amateur sapphic lesbian couplings of Abby Winters or Triangle Films.

Overall, unlike a doped-up Ed Wood Jr. softcore B flick, this in not a bad flick, just a bit too stifling. Certainly worth the price compared with some of the overhyped and priced material offered.

Anon in 'Bama
That above review (by Bamanonymous) was one of the very first reviews I ever wrote for this LezLoveVideo website, before I changed my name to “Anon in 'Bama!”

I just purchased the special edition DVD of this one, which includes, among other thing, some extended shots of the love scene from this film. The extras are nice, but the overall film is great even without them.

Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) is a striking 25-year-old brunette Las Vegas casino worker who meets Vivian (Helen Shaver), a 35-year-old English Lit professor from Columbia University who is in Vegas (circa 1959) looking to finalize her divorce. The two women are immediately attracted to one another, with the younger, free-spirited Cay taking the lead. Normally, I vastly prefer the older woman as the aggressor, but in this one it works surprisingly well the other way.

As lesbian seduction scenes go, it's hard to find one better than when Cay goes up to Vivian's hotel room to seduce her. It's an extraordinarily good scene! When Vivian comes out of the bathroom to discover that the younger woman has removed her clothes and gotten into her bed, the older woman tells Cay that she wants her to please put her clothes back on and leave. Cay replies, "No, you don't." Vivian says, "Yes, I do." And, once again, Cay tells her, "No... you don't."

The chemistry between these two is excellent! It's very realistic in a very sensual and erotic way! No, their scene together is not overly explicit, but I really enjoyed this one nonetheless. Overall grade: A

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