Desert Hearts

Synopsis: It is 1950s Nevada, and Professor Vivian Bell arrives to get a divorce. She's unsatisfied with her marriage, and feels out of place at the ranch she stays on, she finds herself increasingly drawn to Cay Rivers, an open and self-assured lesbian, and the ranchowner's daughter. The emotions released by their developing intimacy, and Vivian's insecurities about her feelings towards Cay, are played out against a backdrop of rocky landscapes and country and western songs.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Donna Deitch
Production: The Samuel Goldwyn Company
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min


Excuse me.

Passengers of the super speed

service to Sacramento and Oakland.

can now be on board.

-Can I help you, miss?


-I'll bring this for you.

-Thank you.

-Professor Bell!

- You can call me Vivian.

- Welcome to Reno.

-I am down the street.

- Hi Francie.

- Hello, Burnett.

- I have space in my car.

- No, not such luck.

Well, you are looking forward

to some desert living?

I'am looking forward to get

these shoes of.

It's terrible when

your legs hurts.

It's a kindest thing

I've heard in three days.

- How long have you been married?

- 12 years.

No,no. We handle that.

Quint, that's a lucky one.

I could have used that last night.

See you in six weeks, madam.

Soon as we are out of here you

can tell me all about youself.

I was the special dancer

in casino over there, 100 years ago.

Do you have children??

We were a couple of


My husband was a prominent lawyer,

here in town.

- He died of a heart attack at 41.

- Sorry.

How long have you been alone?

I'm not alone, I have my boy.

My girlworks there

in the Golden Ring.

Has the unbridled

Glen force!

I have always lived

in the city.

Do not know what to do

with all this space.

I think of it as a God's backyard.

Just sit back and let

it clean out the impurities.

-And the heat?

-Lot of ice tea and not deep thinking.

I agree

Oh, Jesus!

-What are you doing at this hour?

- I have things to do.

-Professor Bell, Cay Rivers.

-How do you do.

-Shall I call you the professor?

-No, Vivian Bell.

Put that damned car forward!


You'll never guess who that was.

- Do you mind if I smoke?

- Of course not.

Never would have guessed

you smoked.

May I be honest, Frances?

That is an endangered art.


My things are a little bit shaky

for me at the moment.

-Thank you for open up ...

-I can not be a part of group right now.

Leave it to me.

Thank you.

Walter, we are here!

Walter, shake hands

with professor Vivian.



-You are younger than I thought.

-I'll take that as a compliment.

Bring bags, Walter.

You gona love it here.

Well, here it is.

Nice, isn't it?.


-He will take you to your room.

-Thank you.

-The bathroom is over there.

-Thank you.

What do you teach?

Literature at the University


116th Street, Broadway,

New York, New York.

I know you want me to hang around and

tell you history of the ranch.

How did you guess, Walter?

Why I did not stay in a hotel?

I felt burned and start to yearn

Hold you tight

- Guess what baby girl.

- What?

I am engaged.


-Hello, love.

- Isn't it beautiful?

- Careful not to stay blind.


I'm pregnant.

Joe and I are settling down.

Darrel and you should follow.

-We would go on vacation together.

-I feel nothing for Darrel.

I never get tired

to defend your reputations.

I got used people

talking behind my back.

but if you did not accept

who I am

that would really be tought.

Hey, you're the best.

And all the best people

know it.

Thank you

Good luck. Thank you.

- Would you like to play that, sir?

- Sherman.

Sherman, would you like to play?

I prefer to play with you,

my love.

Apologize to the lady, buddy.

-Apologize, man.


It makes two of us.

-Thank you.

-You are right?


- A cup of tea?

- Frances!

-Do you have any burbon?


In fact, I'll joing you.

Will not do any harm.

It's the weather.

I was reading a lot.

You sound like Cay.

She locks herself in that college

and works until she drops.

-What does she work?

-She is a sculptor.

Oh, don't look at that stuff

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Jane Rule

Jane Vance Rule, CM, OBC (28 March 1931 – 27 November 2007) was a Canadian writer of lesbian-themed novels and non-fiction. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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