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  • Director

    Donna Deitch

  • Starring

    Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    96 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Robert Elswit

  • Editor: Robert Estrin

  • Produced by: Donna Deitch

  • Screenplay by: Natalie Cooper

  • Production Designer: Jeannine Oppewall

Desert Hearts


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.

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