Siesta (film)

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Siesta Film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mary Lambert
Produced by Gary Kurfirst
Written by Patrice Chaplin (novel)
Patricia Louisianna Knop (screenplay)
Music by Miles Davis
Marcus Miller
Cinematography Bryan Loftus
Edited by Glenn A. Morgan
Distributed by Lorimar Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • November 11, 1987 (1987-11-11)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,000,000
Box office $604,491

Siesta is a 1987 film directed by Mary Lambert, and starring Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne and Jodie Foster. It also stars Martin Sheen, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Jones, Julian Sands and Alexei Sayle.



The screenplay was written by Patricia Louisianna Knop, based on a novel by Patrice Chaplin. The film was shot on location in Spain, released by Lorimar Motion Pictures, and debuted in New York City on November 11, 1987. The film's themes are sex and death. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis performed on the score for the film, Music from Siesta, which was written and arranged by frequent Davis collaborator Marcus Miller. Film critic Janet Maslin called it an "excitingly bad, artily experimental film".


The film performed poorly at the box office. While it was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature in 1988, the film was also nominated for two Razzie Awards as both Grace Jones and Isabella Rossellini were nominated as Worst Supporting Actress.


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