Desert Hearts

Desert Hearts

By Donna Deitch

  • Genre: Donna Deitch
  • Release Date: 1985-11-15
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 31min
  • Director: Donna Deitch
  • Production Company: Desert Hearts Productions
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 60 Ratings


Donna Deitch’s swooning and sensual first narrative feature, Desert Hearts, was groundbreaking upon its release in 1985: a love story about two women, made entirely independently, on a shoestring budget, by a woman. In this 1959-set film, adapted from a beloved novel by Jane Rule, straitlaced East Coast professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) arrives in Reno to file for divorce but winds up catching the eye of someone new, the free-spirited young Cay (Patricia Charbonneau), touching off a slow seduction that unfolds against a breathtaking desert landscape. With undeniable chemistry between its two leads, an evocative jukebox soundtrack, and vivid cinematography by Robert Elswit, Desert Hearts beautifully exudes a sense of tender yearning and emotional candor.




  • Classic and Beautiful Movie

    By ElectricRadio
    I have casually been checking for this movie to be on itunes for years. So glad it finally made it on here.
  • Superb movie about a relationship between two women

    By Nottil
    I saw this back on release and thought it a great movie about two women in a relationship that felt least to me. I loved the soundtrack and especially the performances and the retro ambiance. For me, this is one of those movies that just works. Not one I would have said ahead of time I would become very fold of. Haven't watched in 10 years so will in the next week or two.