Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles
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Director of Photography: Robert Elswit
Editor: Robert Estrin
Produced by: Donna Deitch
Screenplay by: Natalie Cooper
Production Designer: Jeannine Oppewall
Based on the ’60s novel Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule, Donna Deitch’s memorable debut feature is widely regarded as the first major American film to focus on a lesbian relationship. With fantastic performances from Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau and a soundtrack full of artists such as Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald, Deitch’s groundbreaking love story is an important landmark in American filmmaking. The film screened in competition at Sundance in 1986, where Deitch won the Special Jury Prize.