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A Handful of Dust

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Original title
A Handful of Dust
Year
Running time
118 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Tim Sullivan, Derek Granger, Charles Sturridge (Novel: Evelyn Waugh)
Music
George Fenton
Cinematography
Peter Hannan
Cast
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Producer
London Weekend Television (LWT) / Stagescreen Ltd
Genre
Drama | Melodrama
Synopsis / Plot
We see the detritus of an abandoned camp in South America and a main character's hallucination. Then, the story beings. Tony and Brenda Last, lord and lady, live on his enormous estate with their young son. Tony's not much for parties, and Brenda joins London society, on the arm of a penniless man, John Beaver, a hanger-on at Tony's club. John is encouraged by his entrepreneurial mother, who sees a quid in Tony and Brenda. Brenda and John become lovers, Brenda spends more and more time in London, and Tony's without a clue. Then, bringing things to a head are tragedy, law suits, greed, and what should be a few-months' expedition to Brazil. We are each of us merely a handful of dust.
Awards
1988: Nominated for Oscar: Best Costume Design
1988: BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench). Nominated Best Make Up Artist
1988: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Guiness)
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