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


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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

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According to film critic Roger Ebert, the picture "required massive cuts in the movie before it could qualify for an R rating" in the USA with studio distributor New World Pictures reluctant to release the film stateside with an X rating. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Shayne: Save your soul, whore!
China: Save your money, shithead!
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Referenced in Whore (1991) See more »

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It's a Lovely Life
Music by Rick Wakeman
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Maggie Bell
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Lots of Fun!
26 May 2000 | by (San Francisco, California USA) – See all my reviews

Thank God for Ken Russell. No other director could have made this one. This is not one of his best films, but it is certainly a fun one to watch. Kathleen Turner really goes the limit as an actress in her role as China Blue. She looks great and gives more to the film than it really deserves. While there are some serious jabs made at relationships and sexuality --- this movie is really just raunchy fun. Anthony Perkins almost steals the show in a send-up of his "Psycho" performance. Great use of color and set design considering the small budget. Rick Wakeman's score is suitably cheezy and very dated. An adult film worth watching.


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