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Joanna Crane / China Blue
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Donny Hopper
Gordon Hunt ...
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Dan Gerrity ...
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Amy Grady
Vince McKewin ...
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Deanna Oliver ...
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Bobby Grady
John G. Scanlon ...
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Janice Renney ...
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Jerry
Pat McNamara ...
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The thirty year-old hard-worker Bobby Grady is married with two children with the frigid Amy Grady and their marriage is in crisis. Bobby is invited to work in the night shift for the owner of a fashion designer studio that believes that his talented designer Joanna Crane, who is very introspective, is selling his designs to competitors. Bobby accepts the job to make money and please Amy with a bathtub and follows Joanna after hours. He discovers that she has a double life, working as a fifty-dollar hooker called China Blue in the red light district and practicing kinky sex with her clients to satisfy their fantasies. Bobby becomes obsessed by China Blue and when the true thief is found, he has sex with her and they have a crush on each other. Meanwhile the insane preacher Rev. Peter Shayne (Anthony Perkins) decides to save Joanna's soul and stalks her everywhere. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A lady of the night...A man of the cloth...and...A passion worth killing for! See more »


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The nick-name of the Reverend Peter Shayne (Anthony Perkins)'s vibrator night-stick was "Superman". See more »

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Rev. Shayne: Save your soul, whore!
China: Save your money, shithead!
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IT'S A LOVELY LIFE
Music by Rick Wakeman, based on "New World" by Antonín Dvorák
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Maggie Bell
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A sleazy ball of fun!
9 June 2001 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Crimes of Passion is definitely my secret, guilty pleasure. Available uncut in this country, few films have managed to capture a sleazy, seedy feel without resorting to a sense of grottiness. This film is classy and well made, much the same as Ken Russell's later film, Whore (1991). It has the same sense of light-heartedness, and is actually well written.

Much of the dialogue is clever, witty, and bitingly effective. The performances are top notch - particularly Perkins as the maniacal priest whom is captivated by the street-smart, fashion-designer-cum-hooker Turner. The sexual scenes are bold, but not sexually explicit.

It is truly amazing to see Kathleen Turner in this film, as opposed to her performance as a fat, frumpy, conservative and highly religious middle-aged mother in the Virgin Suicides (1999). I cannot think of a character performance so diametrically opposite to the one in Crimes of Passion. I recommend you rent both films, and watch them back to back. It is sure to make your head spin, and perhaps even generate a sense of appreciation for the diversity of Turner's acting ability!


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