Henry & June [DVD] [1990]

The first film to wear the MPAA's NC-17 rating, Philip Kaufman's steamy account of the relationship between writers Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller comes to DVD with this release. Featuring interactive menus, a theatrical trailer, film highlights, talent bios, production notes, and web links, the disc presents the film in a nice-looking widescreen 1.66:1 transfer. Add to that English and French Dolby Digital Surround audio tracks, and Henry & June is a DVD that should be pleasing to fans. Spanish subtitles are also available.
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Special Features

  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers' bios
  • Film highlights
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Web links


Henry & June
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

Cast & Crew

  • Maria de Medeiros
    Maria de Medeiros - Anais Nin
  • Fred Ward
    Fred Ward - Henry Miller
  • Uma Thurman
    Uma Thurman - June Miller
  • Richard E. Grant
    Richard E. Grant - Hugo Guiler
  • Kevin Spacey
    Kevin Spacey - Richard Osborn
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