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Release Date: February 18th, 2000

DVD Release Date: August 8th, 2000

R|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron (Kate Winslet) falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters (Harvey Keitel), a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. But PJ quickly learns that he's met his match in the sexy, intelligent and iron-willed Ruth!

Cast: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, Julie Hamilton, Sophie Lee, Dan Wyllie, Paul Goddard, Tim Robertson

Director: Jane Campion

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Miramax Films

Distributors: Miramax Films, Buena Vista International [us]

Keywords: Mother, Transformation, Family, Quest, Office, Father, Witty, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • As much fun as anything director/co-writer Jane Campion has ever filmed. Holy Smoke lets it all hang out.

  • Sexy, snotty, vulnerable and above all contentious, she's (Winslet) the catalyst in a movie that creates more man-woman electricity than any other movie this year.

  • Either Campion is the most inspirational director of performers or Winslet the most carnal.

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