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Desert Bloom (1986)

The story involves Rose Chismore's youth. She flashes back and remembers her coming-of-age. Her recollections are sometimes less than sweet, particularly those of her troubled and alcoholic... See full summary »

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Cast

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Rose Chismore
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Lily Chismore
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Robin (as Jay D. Underwood)
Desiree Joseph ...
Dee Ann Chismore
Dusty Balcerzak ...
Barbara Jo Chismore
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Mr. Mosol
Tressi Loria ...
Shelly
Laura Rasmussen ...
Meryl
William Lang ...
Colonel
Jim McCarthy ...
Driver
Ann Risley ...
Mrs. Muratore
Rick Schieffer ...
Mr. Brandal
Irene Goodnight ...
R.C. Volunteer
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Storyline

The story involves Rose Chismore's youth. She flashes back and remembers her coming-of-age. Her recollections are sometimes less than sweet, particularly those of her troubled and alcoholic step-father. Her memories of Robin, her first-love, are much happier and she also recalls her colorful Aunt Starr -- who's visit is fun but also detrimental to her family's health. The setting of 1950s Las Vegas' bomb testing is increasingly significant to the development of the story. Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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Drama | Family | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »
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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Flor do Deserto  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,797, 20 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$416,393
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Winona Ryder auditioned on video for the part of Rose, which eventually went to Annabeth Gish. See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Video Discoveries (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

MOCKIN' BIRD HILL
Written by Vaughn Horton
Performed by Patti Page
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects
A division of Polygram Records, Inc.
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Wonderful film.
3 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Very underrated 1950's story, basically about a messed up family. But boy oh boy are they messed up. Featuring outstanding performances by Ellen Barkin and Jon Voight, and nearly stolen by newcomer Annabeth Gish, this is a haunting provocative story of a family in crisis, just as the nation was in crisis. Beautifully done.


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