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Hush (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  6 March 1998 (USA)
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Helen is the young girlfriend of good-looking Jackson Baring. When Helen gets pregnant and marries Jackson, they decide to move to his hometown, Kilronan, and have a baby there. But his ... See full summary »



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Helen is the young girlfriend of good-looking Jackson Baring. When Helen gets pregnant and marries Jackson, they decide to move to his hometown, Kilronan, and have a baby there. But his mother Martha, who lives there, starts to do weird things, and obviously she's not too friendly to Helen. Written by Anonymous

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When Jackson brought home his new bride, she was everything a mother would kill for. See more »


Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,742,431 (USA) (6 March 1998)


$13,513,622 (USA) (29 May 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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The movie was completed in 1996 but not released until two years later. See more »


At the end of the film, Jackson slaps his mother Martha to the floor of the kitchen. Martha falls in the middle of the floor. In the next shot, she is over by the stove with one arm over the door handle. A moment later she is back in the middle of the room. See more »


Alice Baring: She never loved my son Jack. All she ever wanted was that baby. After she had it, she put my son out to pasture, and she took Jackson and poisoned his mind against his father... and me. She'll do the same to you.
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Referenced in I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006) See more »


Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry
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Variations played throughout as part of the score
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Creepy but good quality
16 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Jackson Baring takes his girlfriend Helen to his family's horse farm Kilronin. Jackson's mother Martha has been running the place but would like her son to take over. Jackson and Helen are living together in New York City and are reluctant to leave that life. But Helen somehow gets pregnant, even though she was using birth control, and the two get married and eventually do take over the farm.

Jackson blames himself for his father's death when he was 7. Martha knows the truth but won't tell him, and she seems to have an unnatural relationship with her son. It's almost as if she sees his father and wants to be with him in that way. And she sees the baby as a means of continuing the legacy, but not a child to be loved, at least not in the way most people would. Her treatment of Helen is strange, as if Helen is only useful until the baby is born, and then she will be in the way.

The ending is exciting and sort of creepy at the same time.

Jessica Lange does a fine job here as Jackson's overly controlling and demented mother. However, Nina Foch gives the standout performance as Jackson's grandmother, who is kept in a fancy nursing home because only she knows the truth about how her son died.

I think all the leading actors did a good job here. I usually can't stand Debi Mazar, who was a co-worker to Helen and possibly her boss, but I would like to have seen more of her here. But if Helen had to move out of New York, I guess keeping her job was out of the question.

I suppose my favorite scene was the one where Helen gets out of bed naked and meets her mother-in-law for the first time. That one was edited for TV in such a way it seemed kind of jerky and I didn't get to see much, but a lot depends on how one sees this movie.

It's not typical of what I like in a movie, but still entertaining.

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