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CrissCross (1992)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 May 1992 (USA)
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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 ... 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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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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A shot of a boatyard shows several 1980s outboard motors. 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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Ten Years Later
9 August 2000 | by (NY,NY) – See all my reviews

It's been ten years almost to the day since Criss Productions wrapped the production of Crisscross. It seems appropriate then that I might add my views regarding this little known film.

Scott Sommers' novella, upon which the film was based very closely, first appeared as installments in Penthouse magazine around 1981. Originally, the events depicted in the story took place in Key West during the late seventies. The calendar was rolled back to the late sixties in the screenplay and to great effect on film.

Goldie Hawn who at the time was teamed with Producer Anthea Sylbert decided that Goldie would do well to begin transitioning into more dramatic roles from her usually charming comedies. The screenplay for Crisscross presented that opportunity in spades. Here was a story that centered on a Navy housewife and her son who are suddenly faced with abandonment by a shell-shocked husband and father returning from Vietnam. The mother, ill equipped for any sort of career, lands the two a hotel room in which to live while striptease dancing in order to pay the bills. Meanwhile the fatherless boy stumbles into the world of narcotics trafficking.

The producers and director envisioned a movie that captured the look and feel of both the times and the situations. In a nutshell they wanted the film to feel real both visually and emotionally. In order to accomplish this it was decided that Crisscross would be shot entirely on location in Key West with the exception of one scene at a monastery in Miami. In and of itself this was not altogether unusual but the director also opted to shoot the entire screenplay in a linear sequence as opposed to shooting the scenes according to location. This proved to be quite a challenge when coupled with the fact that Crisscross was a period film and needed to maintain sixties era authenticity visually at all times. This was one of the true triumphs of the film. No detail however small was overlooked when researching for each scene. The set dresser, prop department and wardrobe department teamed up to deliver the era seamlessly.

Locations aside, the director felt that it was critical to cast a child who would respond sincerely to the situations that the character Chris Cross would face. He would need to appear as a wide-eyed, innocent boy that finds himself in way over his head with dangerous situations. Thus it was decided that a child with no acting experience would likely be more real in response than a trained child actor whose responses might appear forced or pat. Hundreds of boys were cast for the part before David was chosen.

The results of this decision were mixed. David was very shy on camera and often appeared emotionless while mumbling lines. Some of this was overcome through extensive coaching on set. Some of this was also used to an advantage in certain scenes. Many times however it was a problem that proved difficult to overcome right up to the last day of filming.

The lighting was another crucial element in the overall mood of Crisscross. Many of the scenes were lit with Arc Lights, which cast a unique light. These lights which date back to the earliest films were very different than conventional lights and required special consideration on location. Logistical challenges combined with the above mentioned talent challenge resulted in some scenes being entirely omitted from the final cut. The end result is a good film that would have been much better had all of the scenes been usable.

When it was released in the spring of 1991 The New York Times praised the film but it was of little consequence at the box office. I can't help but think that had the movie contained at least some of the missing scenes then its life at the box office would have been a little longer.


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