Desert Bloom

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Desert Bloom
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Eugene Corr
Produced by Michael Haussman
Written by Eugene Corr
Linda Remy
Starring JoBeth Williams
Jon Voight
Annabeth Gish
Ellen Barkin
Allen Garfield
Music by Brad Fiedel
Cinematography Reynaldo Villalobos
Edited by Cari Coughlin
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • August 1986 (1986-08)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Desert Bloom is a 1986 American drama film directed by Eugene Corr and starring an ensemble cast led by Jon Voight and JoBeth Williams. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival and funded through the Sundance Film Festival Institute.[1]


World War II has not been over for long. Jack Chismore, a veteran suffering from PTSD runs a gas station in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jack is married to Lily, and stepfather to Lily's three daughters including Rose, a teenager at an impressionable age. Lily's sister, Starr, has come to Las Vegas for a quick divorce and comes to live with them, upsetting the routine of what is already a small and cramped house.

Lily lands a job with the Atomic Testing Office and can't tell Jack, or the girls when the military is conducting atomic-bomb testing in the desert region nearby. This angers and frustrates Jack, who takes his anger out on Rose many times.

When Rose runs away it is Jack who shows the most courage and concern.


  • Annabeth Gish as Rose Chismore
  • Jon Voight as Jack Chismore
  • JoBeth Williams as Lily Chismore
  • Ellen Barkin as Aunt Starr
  • Jay Underwood as Robin (as Jay D. Underwood)
  • Desiree Joseph as Dee Ann Chismore
  • Dusty Balcerzak as Barbara Jo Chismore
  • Allen Garfield as Mr. Mosol
  • Tressi Loria as Shelly
  • Laura Rasmussen as Meryl
  • William Lang as Colonel
  • Jim McCarthy as Driver
  • Ann Risley as Mrs. Muratore
  • Rick Schieffer as Mr. Brandal
  • Irene Goodnight as R.C. Volunteer
  • Eugenia Morán as R.C. Nurse
  • Danica Remy as Fun Room Nurse


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Desert Bloom". Retrieved 2009-07-17. 

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