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Holy Smoke

  • That dress is very fetching on you...

Set down in Australia, this is the story of an attempted unconversion that goes horribly wrong. A young woman on a trip to India joins one of the many sects there. Her family, duly concerned, get her back to Oz, and import an ''Exit Counsellor'' to talk some sense into her. However, unusual things can happen when a man and a woman are alone for three days...


114 minutes, No persons under 16 (Language, Nudity, Sex)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sex, Female interest, On the Art Circuit

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Credits
Cast
Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, Julie Hamilton
Director
Jane Campion
ScreenplayAnna Campion, Jane Campion
MusicAngelo Badalamenti
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby SR
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1999
Produced byMiramax Films

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas3
Cape ArgusGary van Dyk5
Cape TimesJean-Pierre Rossouw20
Cape TimesNodi Murphy1
Die BurgerGabriël Botma15
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge10
RapportBarrie Hough12
TV3 ScreenplaySandy Ngema14
SAFM Saturday WiredAlan Swerdlow8
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Gemma Files15
Box Office (USA)Annlee Ellingson5
Rough Cuth (USA)Sarah Raskin8
Total Film (UK)Ceri Thomas5
Film Review (UK)Lórien Haynes5
Uncut (UK)Robert McTaggart15
IMDB445 Netizens12
Average .. 48%10
Visitor Ratings
Andrew Simpson 10
Average .. 50%10

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: Hoo boy. What starts out with an interesting premise and lots of promise fails to deliver, unless you count several shots of Kate in the altogether (full frontal) as delivery. My comment afterwards was, ''I've never seen a film go downhill so fast''. Another critic with more experience than me described it as the worst she had ever seen (and believe me, the press get to see some really bad movies). I think the problem is that the writers/director got funding for the film on the premise alone, before the script was even written. I think they had a good idea but headed off in the wrong direction with no way back.

Kashif Gulzar (30): Good. Not Bad!

Andrew Simpson (17): Brilliant acting but the ending was very poor. I expected a bit better from Harvey Keitel.


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