Desert Bloom [DVD] [1986]

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Desert Bloom
Set in 1950, this is a convincing, well-acted drama about a young girl's growing up in Las Vegas amidst poverty and a turbulent home life. The 13-year-old Rose (Annabeth Gish) lives with her mother (JoBeth Williams), stepfather (Jon Voight), and two sisters in a working-class home. Trouble is brewing on several fronts: her stepfather is his usual abusive self but is dipping into the bottle more frequently, her glitzy Aunt Starr (Ellen Barkin) arrives for a six-week stay and causes an upheaval in the marriage, and an above-ground nuclear bomb is about to be exploded at the government test site (only 65 miles away). If Rose can survive all this with her health, her sanity, and her clear intelligence intact, it will not be due to her supportive environment. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jon Voight
    Jon Voight - Jack Chismore
  • JoBeth Williams
    JoBeth Williams - Lily Chismore
  • Ellen Barkin
    Ellen Barkin - Aunt Starr
  • Allen Garfield
    Allen Garfield - Mr. Mosol
  • Annabeth Gish
    Annabeth Gish - Rose Chismore
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