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Crutch (2004)

An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Graham
Kenny Griffith
Katie Graham
Jennifer Katz ...
Maryann (as Jennifer J. Katz)
James A. Earley ...
Jack Graham (as James Earley)
Robert Bray ...
Michael Graham
Laura O'Reilly ...
Lisa Graham
Tim Loftus ...
Michael Ellison ...
Salvador Castillo ...
Drug Dealer
Michael Philip Anthony ...
Casting Director #1
Jack Pesin ...
Casting Director #1 Voice (voice)


An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, David's home life is falling apart. As he tries to cope with the impossible situation, the troubled and impressionable teenager falls under the spell of Kenny, a georgous, thirty-something, has-been actor turned theatre coach. When Kenny's "support" escalates into seduction, David slowly decends into an abyss of drinking and drug addition from which he must escape if he is to survive. CRUTCH is a dramatic tale of the confusion of youth and the difficulties in finding oneself. Written by Anonymous

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A young man... His teacher...Crossing boundries

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use


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17 September 2004 (USA)  »

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$420,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,222, 19 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,500, 29 September 2004
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Errol Flynn and W.C. Fields action upon John Barrymore's death story is said to be true in the film. Experts say it is not. Here is the story from Errol Flynn biographer Louis Kraft: "Sorry, but it is yet another telling of a legend based upon fiction, Russ Williams, and one that I have not heard before. Someone got inventive with what supposedly happened. Flynn was close to Barrymore, and I believe looked up to him (certainly Barrymore's 'Don Juan' played a part in Flynn wanting to play the great lover and swordsman on film). ... Flynn, Barrymore, Fields, the artist John Decker, and Sadakichi Hartmann often met to drink, tell tales, and discuss any and everything, along with playing jokes; Flynn was closest to Decker and Barrymore. When Barrymore died in 1942, Flynn and director Raoul Walsh were at Flynn's 'Mulholland Farm,' his great house overlooking the San Fernando Valley, drinking. John Decker, who was supposedly with Barrymore in the hospital, arrived and told them the news. Decker, who had supposedly been up for almost 24 hours, left to go to bed, Flynn supposedly received a phone call from his lawyer and left to sign paperwork. Before leaving he asked Walsh (who was close to him) to stay, and that he wouldn't be gone long. After Flynn left, Walsh decided to go to the mortuary, He knew one of the owners, as he was a former actor, and asked if he could borrow Barrymore's body for a crippled friend to see him one last time. The owner (Dick Malloy?) agreed, dressed the corpse, and helped Walsh get Barrymore into his car. After arriving at Flynn's house, Walsh got Flynn's man, Alex, who had gone a bender the day before (his day off) and hadn't sobered up yet, to help him get Barrymore into the house and propped up where he liked to sit on the couch in the living room. As hungover as he was, Alex commented that Barrymore looked dead; Walsh supposedly said that he was just dead drunk. After a while Flynn returned home, entered the house and saw Walsh sitting across from Barrymore. He did an about face and screamed as he raced out of the house and hid behind a bush. When Walsh stepped outside Flynn accused him of doing what he had done. Still, Flynn stayed behind the bush until Alex helped Walsh get Barrymore back into his car drove away to the mortuary. The above story is Walsh's retelling of the 'Barrymore episode' (from his autobiography 'Each Man in His Time,' 1974). Flynn told the story first in his autobiography, 'My Wicked, Wicked Ways' (1959). In Flynn's retelling Barrymore is in chair in Flynn's den holding a drink. This time he is alone, but Flynn again flees from his house. Walsh and his cohorts, who had hidden, had to race after him. Buster Wiles, a stunt man and great pal of Flynn, told another version of Barrymore's death. That night he, Walsh and Flynn ate dinner at Gracie Allen and George Burns' house. Jack Benny and wife, among others were also present. A phone call announced the death. Later, they sat outside drinking to 'Jack' Barrymore and discussed bribing the mortuary to have the body released to them while they got drunk. Wiles claims that he pointed out that if they did and it became public news knowledge, there would be a possibility that their films might be banned by churches and other do-gooders. Nothing happened. Flynn's best biographer to date, Thomas McNulty ('Errol Flynn: The Life and Career,' 2004) shares the various stories while not going into detail until he describes a 1977 interview with Wiles (above). He is certain that the Flynn/Barrymore/Walsh [and W.C. Fields] event is a Hollywood legend and just fiction. And I know that various retelling [versions] of the story have been printed in magazines numerous times over the years, as I have several of them. ... I agree with Tom McNulty, who is a good friend of mine." See more »


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A Tale of a Sexual Predator
22 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

MAY BE SPOILERS - I guess if I would have known more about this movie, I probably wouldn't have watched it. Even though I believe that, as adults, we should have the right, without fear of retribution, to experiment with, or get involved in, whatever lifestyles or sundry aspects of life we desire, even when others may regard this behavior as sordid, or however distasteful to them. Of course this is dependent on this behavior being by, and between, consenting adults of sound mind, and that no other persons, animals, etc. are harmed, burdened, or unduly subjected to it. Given this, it does not mean that I have to personally like it or want to view it (hence, the "I probably wouldn't have watched it" comment). This film would probably be characterized as a gay-themed film, although it was more than that, and touched on a variety of issues. Again, what consenting adults do is their own business, but this situation was quite a bit different. The main character is a very confused 16-year-old boy, who is preyed upon by a 30-year-old male teacher of an acting class the boy takes. The boy, whose parents are too self-absorbed in their own problems, is in desperate need of someone he can talk to and confide in about his awful home situation - and about life in general for someone evolving through, what are possibly, the most confusing, emotional, and important formative years in one's life. Unfortunately, the teacher is only concerned with his own agenda (as we see is the case of all the characters in this film), which is seducing the boy. Little by little, the teacher works on this seduction until it evolves into David (the youth) being a regular visitor at his apartment, where the minor is plied with plenty of alcohol and marijuana, and eventually he turns the boy, and Kenny (the teacher) and David are seen spending most of their time together getting loaded and engaging in sex. It gets progressively worse for David. The teacher is also a heavy cocaine user. One day, while snooping around in his bathroom, David finds a healthy bag of the powdered form of the drug, and steals it (Apparently Kenny must have had quite a stash, as he never even misses the 1-2 gram bag). With all of David's difficulties, the cocaine looks like something to alleviate his mental anguish. Unfortunately, it's just another "crutch," and what looks like a temporary solution, inevitably develops into just one more problem.

I won't go into the whole story here, but with all the problems and pressures in David's life - the very dysfunctional home life; his use of drugs and alcohol; his confusion over his sexual identity and unhealthy "relationship" with his teacher; and the fact that he's just a teenager in the first place, and sorely equipped to logically deal with his condition; his mental state gets worse.

Maybe I'm getting old, and more responsible, but I had a problem with this film, and that was that the filmmakers didn't really seem to see anything wrong with a 30-year-old sexual predator, in the role of a teacher, taking advantage of a very vulnerable and mixed up kid of 16. Nothing seems to ever have been done about Kenny, and even at the end of the film, they mentioned something on the order of "his whereabouts is unknown, may be teaching somewhere else." How many people out there would want this character as a teacher for their children? It doesn't take a genius to figure out how all but a very few would answer.

Whether I agree with all of them or not, this guy has broken a whole raft of serious laws, and he needs to spend a few years behind bars. I don't know how accurate this portrayal was, but, supposedly, this was an autobiographical film based on the life of this picture's writer/director, Rob Moretti (his first). As is the case with most of us, we might be able to come up with solutions, or otherwise advise and help others with their problems, but when it comes to stepping back and taking an objective assessment of our own difficulties, we quite often are unable to do a very good job. Perhaps this is what happened here with Mr. Moretti. Do society a favor, Mr. Moretti. If this guy is for real, find this monster and have him arrested - before he works his evil on more troubled and impressionable youths.

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