A Handful of Dust (1988)


The wife's affair and a death in the family hasten the demise of an upper-class English marriage.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.

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LetMeWatchThis Score: 6.1/10 from 12 votes
Release Date: 1988-06-24
Status: Released
Run time: 118 min / 1:58


James Wilby
as Tony Last
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Brenda Last
Rupert Graves
as John Beaver
Anjelica Huston
as Mrs. Rattery
Judi Dench
as Mrs. Beaver
Alec Guinness
as Mr. Todd
Pip Torrens
as Jock
Stephen Fry
as Reggie
Graham Crowden
as Mr. Graceful
Richard Beale
as Ben
Jackskon Kyle
as John Andrew
Norman Lumsden
as Ambrose
Jeanne Watts
as Nanny
Kate Percival
as Miss Ripon
Richard Leech
as Doctor
Roger Miller
as Vicar
Tristram Jellinek
as Richard Last
Beatie Edney
as Marjorie
John Quentin
as Brenda's Solicitor
Timothy Bateson
as MacDougal
Moyra Fraser
as Mrs. Northcote
Peggy Aitchison
as Waitress
Marsha Fitzalan
as Polly Cockpurse


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