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Crimes of Passion (1984)

A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day, prostitute by night, and accused of murder, is hounded by two men: a married father of two, and a sexually repressed preacher.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Donny Hopper
Gordon Hunt ... Group Leader
Dan Gerrity ... Group Member No.1
... Group Member No.2
... Group Member No.3
Deanna Oliver ... Group Member No.4
... Group Member No.5
... Bobby Grady
... Joanna Crane / China Blue
John G. Scanlon ... Carl
... Peter Shayne
Janice Renney ... Stripper
... Jerry
Pat McNamara ... Frank
... Amy Grady
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Storyline

The thirty year-old hard-worker Bobby Grady is married with two children to the frigid Amy Grady and their marriage is in crisis. Bobby is invited to work the night shift at a fashion design studio whose owner believes his talented and introspective designer Joanna Crane is selling his designs to competitors. Bobby accepts the job to make money and please Amy with a bathtub and follows Joanna after hours. He discovers she has a double life, working as a fifty-dollar hooker called China Blue in the red light district and practicing kinky sex with her clients to satisfy their fantasies. Bobby becomes obsessed by China Blue and when the true thief is found, he has sex with her and they have a crush on each other. Meanwhile the insane preacher Rev. Peter Shayne (Anthony Perkins) decides to save Joanna's soul and stalks her everywhere. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Her name is China Blue. She is watched. She is worshipped. And, she must remain a mystery. See more »


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19 October 1984 (USA)  »

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China Blue  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,103,210, 21 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,912,945
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1.85 : 1
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Kathleen Turner was initially hesitant about Ken Russell's suggestion that she smear yogurt over her lips to simulate semen. She complied with his request but drew the line at gulping down an oyster to emulate swallowing ejaculate. See more »

Quotes

China: [Reverend Shayne is accosting her in a freight elevator] Get away from me. I don't even want to know you.
Rev. Shayne: No more deceptions, Joanna. I know who you are. We're the same, don't you see? The same rage. The same fear. We hurt the same. We escape the same. But we don't have to anymore. We have a chance. Both of us. Together. No more disguises.
China: I don't need you.
Rev. Shayne: [Rushing at her while holding up a large metallic dildo] I'm crying out to you, for God's sake. Is everything here a negotiation, too?
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Written by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen
Performed by Anthony Perkins
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Director Ken Russell shows that it is not possible to separate sex and religion !!!!
7 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

It is no secret that since the beginning of civilization sex and religion have always been able to maintain a unique "love hate" relationship with each other. The story of Adam and Eve is also viewed in the same context. Wherever there is religion, sex is likely to be found and vice versa. No religion has been able to free itself from the influence of sex. This has always been a trend and it would continue to be so in near future too. "Crimes of Passion" might turn out to be mild for many viewers according to today's standards but it was viewed as an absolutely shocking controversial film upon its initial release in 1984. Words would fail to describe actress Kathleen Turner's impeccable performances as 'China Blue'- an expensive hooker who is also leading a double life. Apart from some kinky sex scenes, China blue's character allows viewers to get a glimpse of tough lives faced by hookers. The religious side is presented by actor Anthony Perkins as a crazy priest whose only obsession seems to rescue china blue from damnation at all costs. He is able to succeed to a very large extent but a sudden event completely changes the course of action. Director Ken Russell has been honest with his depiction of people with dual identities. They have been presented as they are in real life without any embellishment. 'Crimes of Passion' has a lot of hilarious lines which denounce hypocrisy, falsehood and dishonesty. They are absolutely essential for viewers' comprehension in order to give them better ideas about a marriage which is on the verge of collapse due to lack of sex and how mean are societies to create and promote fallen women like "China Blue" for their selfish interests ?


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