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Dark Obsession (1989)

Diamond Skulls (original title)
A group of young British guardsmen have to cover up a hit and run incident that occurred at the end of a night of drunken revelry.

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Lord Hugo Bruckton
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Colonel
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Hugo, heir to a fortune, is married to Ginny. They have a young son, and she seems devoted to Hugo, but jealousy wracks him: he imagines her in the arms of a colleague, he spies on her, he rages. One night, after drinking with members of his regiment, he runs his car over a woman: she dies, and all but one of his pals urge him to drive on. Why didn't he stop or swerve? She looked like Ginny. A psychological tug of war ensues: Peter, Hugo's business associate, wants to use the cover-up to leverage power over the estate; Jamie, who's dating Hugo's sister, wants to go to the police. Hugo's family closes ranks. As the police investigation closes in, who wins the power struggle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The jealousy inside a man's heart . . . can be the deadliest weapon of all

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Rated R for strong sensuality and for language | See all certifications »

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17 June 1991 (USA)  »

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$333,811 (USA)
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Steppin' Out
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intriguing premise, but it goes nowhere
13 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This cold-blooded dissection of English upper-class immorality begins when brooding aristocrat Gabriel Byrne kills a woman while on a drunken drive through London, and his old-school pals, along for the ride, decide not to report the accident. It's a great hook, but no one can think of anything to hang on it. There's a teasing suggestion that the hit-and-run might not have been entirely accidental, but what begins to develop as a mystery emerges, instead as a vague character study, although it's unclear if that character is meant to be (in a portentous metaphor) England herself. The film could have been twice as fascinating at half the length; too much of the slim 87 minute running time is padded with Byrne's sexual domination fantasies (which no doubt explain the NC-17 rating), and with redundant scenes of the idle, decadent rich at play: regimental buddies riding piggyback around the dining room, and so forth.


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