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The Crush (1993)

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A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl whom proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances.



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Nick Eliot, a 28 year old newspaper reporter moves in the guest house of the Forresters'. Everything goes fine until he meets Adrienne, the Forresters' only child, a 14 year old girl. She develops a crush on him. When he ignores her advances, she's rebuffed and willing to kill him. Written by Ryan Burgos

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He was 28. She was 14. He was the man of her dreams. She was his worst nightmare. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and terror violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Darian  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$13,609,396 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The name Adrian was dubbed. The dubbing was done by unknown actors because the studio could not afford to bring back the original actors, which explains the slight voice differentiation. Some words preceding the name Adrian were also dubbed for a more unnoticeable voice transition. See more »


Near the end, when Cheyenne leaves Nick's apartment, the "Kryptonite" deadbolt is not installed on the door. See more »


Nick Eliot: You scared the hell out of me.
Adrian Forrester: Just out for a little stroll?
Nick Eliot: I thought you were Cheyenne.
Adrian Forrester: So, now you like Cheyenne?
Nick Eliot: Don't be ridiculous.
Adrian Forrester: Maybe you'd like to visit her in the hospital.
Nick Eliot: Hospital? What're you talking about?
Adrian Forrester: Cheyenne took a little spill at riding today.
Nick Eliot: Is she alright?
Adrian Forrester: She'll be okay. Just goes to show you, Nick. You can never be too careful.
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Crazy Credits

After the fade out, Darian's face is visible until a few seconds after the credits start. See more »


Referenced in Less Than Perfect: The Crush (2004) See more »


Performed by Cry Charity
Hot Lobster Music/Screen Gems - EMI Music Inc.
Courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
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A Sexy Villain Sells this Movie
12 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In her film debut,the attractive Alicia Silverstone plays Darian Forrester,a mentally disturbed 14 year old girl who develops an unhealthy obsession with her neighbour,Nick Eliot (Cary Elwes)a baby faced blonde hair,blue eyed journalist who has no sexual interest in her.Silverstone shines in her role as the villain,making life hell for Nick,who wants nothing more than a friendship with the girl next door.Darian's desperate attempts to seduce the older man are unsuccessful,driving her deeper into her obsession and making her more psychotic.Silverstone's acting is superb,but her facial expressions are what is so convincing about her performance.Alicia superbly transforms herself from sweet and innocent into scary and psychotic giving new meaning to the phrase,'When she was good she was very very good,and when she was bad she was horrid'. The film has you on the edge of your seat as the plot unravels,and truths are discovered about sweet little Darian Forrester who is crazier than anyone thought.Her anger at Nick for leading her on goes to the extreme until she comes up with a plan she hopes will destroy his reputation.Nick is oblivious to Darian's feelings for him and believes its nothing more than a silly school girl crush that will pass until he discovers just how dangerous Darian really is.

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