- Ask the Dust (film)
name= Ask the Dust
caption = The movie poster for "Ask the Dust".
Colin Farrell Salma Hayek Donald Sutherland
Ramin Djawadi Heitor Pereira| distributor= Paramount Classics
March 17 2006
Tom Cruise Jonas McCord Paula Wagner
"Ask the Dust" is a 2006 film based on the book "
Ask the Dust" by John Fante. The movie was written and directed by Robert Towne. Tom Cruise(with Paula Wagnerand Cruise/Wagner Productions) served as one of the film's producers. The film was released on a limited basis on March 17, 2006.
The story is set during the Great Depression (specifically, circa the
1933 Long Beach earthquake). Hayek plays a fiery Mexicanbeauty, Camilla. She is a woman who one day aspires to be above her current standing in society. She wishes to do this by marrying a wealthy man from the United States. Her plan is thrown into disarray when she meets Italian Arturo Bandini (Farrell). Farrell's character is portrayed as a struggling writer, who comes to Los Angeles' Bunker Hill area, to start his writing career.
She dies at the end.
Colin Farrellas Arturo Bandini
Salma Hayekas Camilla Lopez
Donald Sutherlandas Hellfrick
Eileen Atkinsas Mrs. Hargraves
Idina Menzelas Vera Rivkin
Justin Kirkas Sammy
Dion Bascoas Patricio/houseboy
Jeremy Crutchleyas Solomon, the bartender
William Mapotheras Bill
Tamara Craig Thomasas Sally
The rights to the novel once belonged to
Mel Brooks, though he let them lapse. Towne met Fante in the 1970s. This meeting led to his interest in the project. Despite finishing the script in the early 1990s, he couldn't find financial backing from a studio. During this time Farrell's role was originally set to be played by Johnny Deppbut he dropped out. Later Val Kilmeraccepted the role and also dropped out. Another delay was Hayek initially rejecting the role to avoid being typecast as a Mexican immigrant. She accepted the role eight years later.
The film received negative to mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator
Rotten Tomatoesreported that 37% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 100 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ask_the_dust/ |title=Ask the Dust Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes |accessdate=2008-03-29 |publisher= Rotten Tomatoes] Metacriticreported the film had an average score of 58 out of 100, based on 33 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/askthedust |title=Ask the Dust (2006): Reviews |accessdate=2008-03-29 |publisher= Metacritic]
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