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Henry & June Details


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


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


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
Stephanie Leboulanger
as Prostitute Brushing Long Hair
Annie Fratellini
as The Patronne
Suzy Palatin
as Bal Negre Performer
Liz Hasse
as Jean
Claire Joubert
as Contortionist
Annie Vincent
as Fat Prostitute
Samuel Ateba
as Black Musician for Quat'z Arts Ball
Frank Heiler
as Steamship Agent
Karine Couvelard
as Osborn's Girl Friend
Marc Maury
as Man in Silent Film
Louis Bessieres
as Accordionist


Philip Kaufman
Peter Kaufman
Rose Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
Philippe Rousselot
Philip Kaufman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Rose Kaufman
Musical Direction/Supervision
William Scharf
Vivien Hillgrove
Dede Allen
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
Didier Lavergne