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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.

Director:

Ken Russell

Writer:

Barry Sandler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Davison ... Donny Hopper
Gordon Hunt Gordon Hunt ... Group Leader
Dan Gerrity Dan Gerrity ... Group Member No.1
Terri Hoyos ... Group Member No.2
Vince McKewin ... Group Member No.3
Deanna Oliver Deanna Oliver ... Group Member No.4
Patricia Stevens ... Group Member No.5
John Laughlin ... Bobby Grady
Kathleen Turner ... Joanna Crane / China Blue
John G. Scanlon John G. Scanlon ... Carl
Anthony Perkins ... Peter Shayne
Janice Renney Janice Renney ... Stripper
Stephen Lee ... Jerry
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Frank
Annie Potts ... 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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Taglines:

A lady of the night...A man of the cloth...and...A passion worth killing for! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

China Blue See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was notable for the star teaming of two actors who had starred in famous thrillers, Anthony Perkins from Psycho (1960), and Kathleen Turner from Body Heat (1981). Turner got top first billing with Perkins getting second billed. See more »

Quotes

China: [to Bobby] If you think you're gonna' get back in my panties, forget it. There's one asshole in there already.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Lovely Life
Music by Rick Wakeman
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Maggie Bell
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A lurid fantasy porno movie - and a masterpiece
25 March 2005 | by Martin BradleySee all my reviews

Ken Russell's masterpiece has cult movie written all over it. A lurid, extreme sex-and-violence fantasy porno-movie, it is also a brilliant satire on the American way of sex, (the 'home life' scenes could have come out of "Desperate Housewives"). In the bravest and best performance of her career, Kathleen Turner plays the mystery woman who is Joanna, prim fashion designer by day and China Blue, the fantasy hooker to end all fantasy hookers, by night. In an alternative universe her performance would have won her the Oscar for Best Actress. Her nemesis is Anthony Perkin's psychopathic preacher with the razor-sharp dildo ("Save me from the foul-mouthed kooze with the motor-driven ass"). His is the kind of performance that goes beyond mere acting into some kind of crazy stratosphere all it's own; (the ending is lifted directly from "Psycho").

The film has it's downside. Rick Wakeman's score is over-emphatic and Tom Cruise lookalike John Laughlin may have Cruise's good looks but none of his talent. It's a terrible piece of acting but in a movie this OTT it actually works. Barry Sandler's script is brilliant.


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