03-07-1986 Desert Hearts – U.S. release date for the film based on a novel by Jane Rule (b. March 28, 1931). Desert Hearts is an American romantic drama film directed by Donna Deitch. It is considered a lesbian classic. The Globe and Mail said, “the film is one of the first and most highly regarded works in which a lesbian relationship is depicted favorably.” It took the director, Donna Deitch, four years and eventually selling her home in order to raise the $1.5 million to make the film. Deitch was surprised to learn 20 years after the film’s release that both actors were told by their friends and agents that the film would ruin their careers. The careers of both actresses continued on.