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Crimes of Passion (1984)

A mysterious woman, fashion designer by day and prostitute by night, 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:

Crimes of Passion 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

Melodies from Czechoslovakian composer Antonín Dvorák's "From the New World" Symphony were frequently excerpted in the film. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Grady: You remind me of this hamster I had when I was a kid.
China: [Somewhat offended] I remind you of a *hamster*?
Bobby Grady: Yep. He ran away whenever you tried to touch him. So I wanted to show him there was nothing to be afraid of. So one day I just picked him up real fast and I just held him.
China: [Sarcastically] And he turned tender and loving...
Bobby Grady: Nope. He shit in my hand.
[Both laugh]
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Alternate Versions

Film was heavily cut in the US to avoid an X-rating. The European version, available as an unrated video in the USA, features additional sex scenes. See more »

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Soundtracks

It's a Lovely Life
Music by Rick Wakeman
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Maggie Bell
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"Goodbye, China Blue"
12 May 2016 | by pzivojinovicSee all my reviews

This is the film which demonstrated what a great actress Turner is and why she should still be a bigger star today than perhaps she is. She has such a wonderful voice and figure in this film - it's as if the part was written especially for her; perhaps it was! It also shows you how good Perkins was in a role where he could let himself go as over the top as Russell would like him to. He (Perkins) must have loved it. The musical score is supposedly written by Rick Wakeman, but is, of course, derived from Dvorak's New World Symphony. Wakeman does a great job and the music adds to the gloss of the film. The saxophone playing in the lovemaking scene is sensual in the extreme. Anthony Perkins has several monologues that serve as a narrative for the audience. Not for the wowserish, nor is it pornographic (using clever imagery to allude to what is occurring), it is full of very witty, memorable one-liners.

This is easily Kathleen's best film work and really no other American actress has ever shown such intimacy and duality in the sexuality of her character, it is compelling, enthralling and heart breaking. Plus you feel a connection to her because of her vulnerability that she develops as the movie unfolds. Finally her comedic timing is hilarious, yes there are plenty of laugh out scenes in this film too. Perkins is simply brilliant in this role, it seems to be a far cousin of the disturbed mind of Norman Bates, but having grown up in major crimes of the soul and the good manners. Once more, let' s remind the ineffable statement of Nicholas Machiaveli: "The half of the sin is the scandal."

Overall rating: 8 out of 10.


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