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Hideous Kinky (1998)

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Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writers:

Esther Freud (novel), Billy MacKinnon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Julia
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Bilal
Bella Riza Bella Riza ... Bea
Carrie Mullan ... Lucy
Pierre Clémenti ... Santoni
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ... Charlotte
Ahmed Boulane ... Ben Said
Sira Stampe Sira Stampe ... Eva
Amidou ... Sufi Sheikh
Michelle Fairley ... Patricia
Kevin McKidd ... Henning
Peter Youngblood Hills ... Hippy
Mohcine Barmouni Mohcine Barmouni ... Aziz
Annouar Zrika Annouar Zrika ... Hicham
Mohamed Cherkaoui Mohamed Cherkaoui ... Hadaoui
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Storyline

Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and interesting culture as they tag along on their mother's search for freedom and love. It is told through the eyes of the youngest girl, and we learn her observations on life, Mum, and determined sister, Bea. Written by Jesse Payne <RUbabes@aol.com>

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A Journey to Love See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

13 January 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A marokkói kaland See more »

Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£136,980 (United Kingdom), 7 February 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,431, 18 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,262,786, 15 August 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kate Winslet started the production in a heavily weakened state as she was recovering from a severe case of amoebic dysentery. The illness had caused her to miss the London premiere of Titanic (1997). See more »

Quotes

Lucy: Mom, is it Christmas yet?
Julia: No, darling. Not till morning.
Lucy: Is it morning yet?
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You Don't Have To Cry
Composed by Stephen Stills
Performed by Crosby Stills & Nash
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fascinating
22 April 1999 | by PaulineDorchesterSee all my reviews

This is a really fascinating film, extremely well-acted (the two little girls are especially good), whose only flaw is an ending that is a bit too neat. The soundtrack is wonderful: traditional Moroccan music mixed with some very well-chosen popular songs of the period. Using "White Rabbit" to accompany Julia's frantic search for her missing daughter is a particularly good choice.

"Hideous Kinky" serves as a reminder of something that seems shocking now -- just 30 years ago, a whole class of educated Western women sought enlightenment, and even liberation, in Islam. One wonders: what became of these women? Did they remain in Islam? Have they survived the rising tide of fundamentalism? And what of their children? What is their cultural legacy? What burdens do they bear?


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