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Trust (1990)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Matthew Slaughter
Rebecca Nelson ...
Jean Coughlin (as Merritt Nelson)
John MacKay ...
Jim Slaughter
Peg Coughlin
Gary Sauer ...
Suzanne Costollos ...
Jeff Howard ...
Nurse Paine
Deli Man
Hannah Sullivan ...
Ruark Boss (as Patricia Sullivan)
Marko Hunt ...
John Coughlin
Kathryn Mederos ...
Factory Woman
John Bill


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 <>

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A slightly twisted comedy


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

20 September 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A semmi ágán  »

Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)


$356,122 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At Matthew's place, Maria picks up and takes with her a book titled "Man and the Universe," by Ned Rifle, which is a pseudonym used by director Hal Harley as well as the title of one of his films. See more »


Maria Coughlin: I'm looking at this guy, right? And I looked at him a lot before. So now I know that I have this little piece of him actually in me. Physically in me, and it makes me feel completely different, I don't know, sort of special or something. So I'm talking to him... I'm talking to him and I realize, I'm, I'm talking to him, and I realize that he doesn't even see me. And I'm wondering what it was he was seeing when he did this. I go over it in my head, and now I know what it was he was seeing. It's ...
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References Playtime (1967) See more »


Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
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Positive review
15 January 2001 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

I caught this movie on the television network Bravo. I didn't see the very beginning but found myself glued to the machinations of the Matthew Slaughter character. I felt the performance of Martin Donavan was wonderful and I enjoyed the odd way the characters spoke with one another. The lines were rapid-fire, almost like "Moonlighting", but with a different nuance which I can't quite put my finger on. The movie was funny, but the best word for it is "interesting". It truly was a movie unlike any other I had seen, with a Coen Brothers sense of humor. I wish I knew more people who had seen it, because it is a movie that warrants discussion afterward.

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