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Crimes of Passion (1984)

A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day, prostitute by night, and accused of murder, is hounded by two men: a married father of two, and a sexually repressed preacher.

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Donny Hopper
Gordon Hunt ...
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Storyline

The thirty year-old hard-worker Bobby Grady is married with two children to the frigid Amy Grady and their marriage is in crisis. Bobby is invited to work the night shift at a fashion design studio whose owner believes his talented and introspective designer Joanna Crane 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 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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Her name is China Blue. She is watched. She is worshipped. And, she must remain a mystery. See more »


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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,103,210, 21 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,912,945
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1.85 : 1
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Anthony Perkins was ordained as a priest as part of his research for his role. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Shayne: Well, the game's not over. The messenger of God will return. And this time he'll bring the final word.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Lovely Life
Music by Rick Wakeman
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Maggie Bell
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A sleazy ball of fun!
9 June 2001 | by 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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