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ASK THE DUST
USA: Paramount Classics
UK: Pathe Distribution
Cast: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, William Mapother, Eileen Atkins, Dion Basco, Justin Kirk, Idina Menzel, Donald Sutherland, Tamara Craig Thomas, Jeremy Crutchley
Director: Robert Towne
USA & UK: 117 mins
USA Rated: R for some sexuality, nudity and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong sex
USA Release Date: 10 March 2006 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 2 June 2006
From the writer of CHINATOWN and TEQUILA SUNRISE, Robert Towne both writes and directs ASK THE DUST, a period drama set in 1930s Depression-era Los Angeles, from a novel written in 1939 by John Fante.
In Towne's adaptation, Arturo Bandini (Colin Farrell), an Italian immigrants' son, has come to Los Angeles in search of his dream of becoming a famous novelist and marrying a beautiful blonde. Likewise Camilla Lopez (Salma Hayek) has ambitions of marrying a WASP and losing her last name. Thus at a time when Anglo-Chicano relations are hanging by thread, Arturo and Camilla collide fighting the city and themselves in their search to realize their dreams.