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CrissCross (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama | 8 May 1992 (USA)
Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to ... See full summary »

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Tracy Cross
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Joe
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David Arnott ...
Chris Cross
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John Cross
J.C. Quinn ...
Jetty
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Louis
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Blacky
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Oakley (as Cathryn dePrume)
Nada Despotovich ...
Kelly
David Anthony Marshall ...
Blondie
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Shelly
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Monica (as Anna Levine Thompson)
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Snyder
Christy Martin ...
Termina
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Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to convince her to stop, to no avail. A local restaurant owner hires him to collect fish from a boat out in the bay, and the boy discovers that the restaurant owner is using the fish to bring drugs in to shore. He steals one load and goes about selling it so his mother can afford to quit her job. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and drug-related scenes, and for brief but strong sensuality | See all certifications »
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8 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Criss Cross  »

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$3,052,738 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The monastery visited in the film is popularly called "The Ancient Spanish Monastery" and is situated in North Miami FL. It was built in Spain, 1133-1141, as "The Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux ". It was purchased in 1925 by William Randolph Hearst, disassembled, and shipped to the US in 11,000 crated pieces. It was eventually reassembled in North Miami by subsequent owners. See more »

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On a still July day, the voice of a Common Loon on its Minnesota lake is heard way down in Florida. See more »

Quotes

Chris Cross: How come you don't got somebody? Aren't you lonely?
Emmett: Yeah, sure. The only thing worse than being lonely with yourself is to be lonely with someone.
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References Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

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Albatross
Written by Peter Green
Performed by Fleetwood Mac
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A terrific view of old Key West. Some outstanding use of cinemagraphic symbolism.
13 September 2003 | by (Fort Lauderdale) – See all my reviews

Almost no other motion picture so deftly captures the look, water, grit & sensibility of Key West in 1969. Excellent camera work (Ivan Strasburg), coupled with inspired lighting lend the true taste of America's southernmost island on film. Chris' (David Arnott) despair that his mother (Goldie Hawn) sells her sexiness at a local strip bar, plays counterpoint to his emerging manhood shared with girlfriend, Termina (Christy Martin). The crafty screenwriter (Scott Sommer) use the first rocket to land a man on the moon, as an effective time in which to set the story. It becomes a powerful phallic symbol as the boy growns to manhood. Another terrific use of symbolism is seen when the automobile carrying Chris and his mother across the Seven Mile Bridge breaks-down. The image is a visual metaphore for the of the pair in opposition. The Chris fixes the car represents his growing ability to control the world around him. The scene is also visually stunning. There are plenty of other symbolic touches used in this sweet and somewhat overlooked film.


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