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The real-life relationship between two of the most controversial literary figures of the 20th century forms the basis for this drama. Anaïs Nin (Maria de Medeiros) is a struggling author trying to finish her first book, a study of the work of D.H. Lawrence. She also has a keen sexual curiosity that is not being satisfied by her sweet but unexciting husband, Hugo (Richard E. Grant). Through Hugo's friend Richard (Kevin Spacey), Anaïs is introduced to Henry Miller (Fred Ward), a writer from America who shares Anaïs' passion for both eros and literature; she is later introduced to June (Uma Thurman), Henry's wife and a practicing bisexual. While Anaïs is attracted to Henry, to her surprise, she's even more strongly drawn to June; June, however, must return to America, and with her approval, Henry and Anaïs begin an affair. Anaïs' newfound sense of sexual liberation leads her to several new lovers over the next several months, but she and Henry find themselves pursuing the same object of affection when June returns to Paris. Henry & June's frank but tasteful treatment of sexual themes led the MPAA to threaten the film with an X-rating; instead, the film became the first feature released with the revised NC-17 classification. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 28, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Philippe Rousselot Best Cinematography 1990 Nominee

Cast

Maria de Medeiros
as Anais Nin
Fred Ward
as Henry Miller
Uma Thurman
as June Miller
Richard E. Grant
as Hugo Guiler
Kevin Spacey
as Richard Osborn
Jean-Philippe Ecoffey
as Eduardo Sanchez
Bruce Myers
as Jack
Féodor Atkine
as Paco Miralles, Spanish Dance Instructor
Sylvie Huguel
as Emilia
Artus de Penguern
as Brassai
Pierre Etaix
as Friend
Gaetan Bloom
as Magician
Brigitte Lahaie
as Henry's Whore
Maite Maille
as Frail Prostitute
Samuel Ateba
as Black Musician for Quat'z Arts Ball
Louis Bessieres
as Accordionist
Karine Couvelard
as Osborn's Girl Friend
Annie Fratellini
as The Patronne
Liz Hasse
as Jean
Frank Heiler
as Steamship Agent
Claire Joubert
as Contortionist
Stephanie Leboulanger
as Prostitute Brushing Long Hair
Marc Maury
as Man in Silent Film
Suzy Palatin
as Bal Negre Performer
Annie Vincent
as Fat Prostitute
Claire Joubert
as Contortionist
Annie Fratellini
as The Patronne
Suzy Palatin
as Bal Negre Performer
Stephanie Leboulanger
as Prostitute Brushing Long Hair
Liz Hasse
as Jean
Louis Bessieres
as Accordionist
Marc Maury
as Man in Silent Film
Karine Couvelard
as Osborn's Girl Friend
Frank Heiler
as Steamship Agent
Samuel Ateba
as Black Musician for Quat'z Arts Ball

Crew

Philip Kaufman
Director
Peter Kaufman
Producer
Rose Kaufman
Screenwriter
Philip Kaufman
Screenwriter
Philippe Rousselot
Cinematographer
Philip Kaufman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Rose Kaufman
Musical Direction/Supervision
William Scharf
Editor
Vivien Hillgrove
Editor
Dede Allen
Editor
Guy-Claude Francois
Production Designer
Georges Glon
Art Director
Thierry Francois
Art Director
Thierry Francois
Set Designer
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle
Costume Designer
Alan Splet
Sound/Sound Designer
Jacqueline West
Consultant/advisor
Didier Lavergne
Makeup
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