Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts (1985)

In 1959, Vivian Bell came to Reno, Nevada for a quick divorce. Of all the people she met there, the one who surprised her the most was herself.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1985-10-01
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 116 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 31min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Desert Hearts Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Donna Deitch
star 7.2/10
From 116 Ratings


The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.


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  • Helen Shaver

    as Vivian Bell
  • Patricia Charbonneau

    as Cay Rivvers
  • Audra Lindley

    as Frances Parker
  • Andra Akers

    as Silver Dale
  • Dean Butler

    as Darrell
  • Gwen Welles

    as Gwen
  • James Staley

    as Art Warner
  • Katie La Bourdette

    as Lucille
  • Alex McArthur

    as Walter
  • Tyler Tyhurst

    as Buck
  • Denise Crosby

    as Pat
  • Antony Ponzini

    as Joe
  • Jeffrey Tambor

    as Jerry
  • Donna Deitch

    as Hungarian Gambler
Camera Robert Elswit Director of Photography
Editing Robert Estrin Editor
Directing Donna Deitch Director
Production Donna Deitch Producer
Writing Jane Rule Author
Art David Brisbin Art Direction
Art Jeannine Oppewall Production Design
Art Rosemary Brandenburg Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Linda M. Bass Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Richard Arrington Makeup Artist
Writing Natalie Cooper Writer
Production Carol Jefferies Associate Producer
Production Cami Taylor Co-Producer
Production Tim Flack Casting
Costume & Make-Up Don Marando Hairstylist