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Plot, Details & Awards

A Handful of Dust

(1988)
In Theaters 06/24/1988 , 114min.
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Plot & Details

Based on a novel by Evelyn Waugh, Handful of Dust is set amongst Britain's aristocracy of the 1930s. At sumptuous Hetton Abbey, tradition-bound country squire James Wilby and his wife Kristin Scott Thomas open their doors to well-connected but impoverished Rupert Graves. Graves returns Wilby's hospitality by having an affair with Scott Thomas, while Wilby gamboles about his estate without a clue of what is going on. Wilby's cloistered world comes tumbling down when Scott Thomas coolly demands a divorce, shortly after the accidental death of their young son. Wilby discovers that his divorce settlement will cost him Hetton Abbey; he faces this circumstance by not facing it at all, preferring to escape to South America, stiff upper lip intact, in the company of a dotty explorer.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Jane Robinson Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Judi Dench Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Judi Dench Won

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