DVD 126 mins IMDB 7.7 (12,036 votes)
House of Sand and Fog
Dreamworks (2003)
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(2004 )
USA  /  English

Jennifer Connelly Kathy Nicolo
Ben Kingsley Massoud Amir Behrani
Ron Eldard Lester Burdon
Shohreh Aghdashloo Nadi Behrani
Jonathan Ahdout Esamail Behrani
Frances Fisher Connie Walsh
Kim Dickens Carol Burdon
Navi Rawat Soraya Behrani
Carlos Gomez Lt. Alvarez
Carlos Gómez Lt. Alvarez
Kia Jam Ali
Jaleh Modjallal Yasmin
Samira Damavandi Little Soraya
Matthew Simonian Little Esmail
Namrata Singh Gujral Wedding Guest (as Namrata S. Gurjal-Cooper)
Al Faris Wedding Guest

Director Vadim Perelman
Producer Michael London; Vadim Perelman
Writer Andre Dubus III; Vadim Perelman; Shawn Lawrence Otto
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Musician Elton Ahi; James Horner
User Credit 1 Lisa Zeno Churgin
User Credit 2 Hala Bahmet

Russian filmmaker Vadim Perelman makes his feature-film debut with the psychological drama House of Sand and Fog, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III. Ben Kingsley plays Massoud Amir Behrani, an Iranian immigrant living the United States. Even though he was a high-ranking official in Iran, he works several menial jobs in order to provide his wife, Nadi (Shohreh Aghdashloo), and his son, Esmail (Jonathan Ahdout), with an apartment in California. He buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send Esmail to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy (Jennifer Connelly). After losing the house in an unfair legal dispute with the county, she is left with nowhere to go. Wanting her house back, she hires a lawyer (Frances Fisher) and befriends a police officer (Ron Eldard). Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma. — Andrea LeVasseur

Edition Details
Barcode 678149097726
Region Region 1
Release Date 3/30/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Deleted Scenes with Commentary
Commentary with Ben Kingsley, Director Vadim Perelman, and Novelist Andre Dubus III
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
And Much More!
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Some violence/disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality.
User Text 2 Some dreams can't be shared.
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Trivia: Author Andre Dubus III received more than 100 offers from film studios who wanted to make his book into a feature. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Behrani is shown working in the convenience store, the Snickers bar he is holding is alternately opened/unopened between shots. It seems clear from his entry in the ledger he keeps that he has only eaten one. (more)

[first lines]
Officer at End: Are you Kathy Nicolo?
Kathy: Yeah.
Officer at End: Is this your house?

Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations (more)