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Trust (1990)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 September 1991 (UK)
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When high school dropout Maria Coughlin announces her pregnancy to her parents, her father drops dead on the floor. Her mother kicks her out of the house and her boyfriend dumps her, so ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Maria Coughlin
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Matthew Slaughter
Rebecca Nelson ...
Jean Coughlin (as Merritt Nelson)
John MacKay ...
Jim Slaughter
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Peg Coughlin
Gary Sauer ...
Anthony
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Ed
Suzanne Costollos ...
Rachel
Jeff Howard ...
Robert
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Nurse Paine
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Deli Man
Hannah Sullivan ...
Ruark Boss (as Patricia Sullivan)
Marko Hunt ...
John Coughlin
Kathryn Mederos ...
Factory Woman
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John Bill
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Storyline

When high school dropout Maria Coughlin announces her pregnancy to her parents, her father drops dead on the floor. Her mother kicks her out of the house and her boyfriend dumps her, so Maria is left alone and homeless. This is when she meets Matthew Slaughter. Matthew is an educated high school graduate with a great talent for fixing electronic devices, but he can't hang on to a job because of his principled attitude towards quality. When Maria accepts Matthew's offer to help her, they begin to form a relationship with each other in which both of them begin to change. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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A slightly twisted comedy

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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20 September 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A semmi ágán  »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$356,122 (USA)
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Trivia

In an interview, Hal Hartley once explained that he made the movie on the spur of the moment because he wanted to work with Shelly again immediately after making The Unbelievable Truth (1989), so he had very little money and very little time. The movie was shot in 11 days. The reason he could do that, he said, was because so much of the direction was implied in the dialogue. The dialogue pretty much told the actors what to do. See more »

Quotes

Matthew: How long do you think it'll take?
Maria Coughlin: I don't know. Not long, i guess.
Matthew: Are you okay?
Maria Coughlin: Yeah. You?
Matthew: I feel like smashing things up.
Maria Coughlin: Relax. There's nothing to worry about. Why don't you go for a walk.
Matthew: I don't wanna take a walk. You sure you wanna go through with this?
Maria Coughlin: What do you mean?
Matthew: Marry me.
Maria Coughlin: Don't be crazy.
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Connections

References Playtime (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy of Supraphon Records / KPM Music
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One Of My Fave Rave Indie Films!
14 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I discovered Hal Hartley with this film and with "Simple Men". This is Hartley's greatest work and everything else since this has been second rate in my opinion. Friends have told me how much I'm like the character of Matthew, all that seething anger at the world and all.

The music, writing, acting, direction all add up to a wonderful and weird film experience. Hal Hartley's films are not for everyone and that's the way a lot of us Hartley fans like it. They are almost like a little private club of people who well...get it. Some people get his films, most don't. I've seen lots of people walk out in droves in the slower parts of some of his films. Case in point the Japanese dance scene in 'Flirt'. His films are filled with deadpan humor that reminds me a lot of the old 'Dragnet' TV series style of acting. Go see Trust and have a great time at the movies!


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