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Dark Obsession (1989)

Diamond Skulls (original title)
A group of young British guardsmen have to cover up a hit and run incident that occurred at the end of a night of drunken revelry.

Director:

Nick Broomfield

Writers:

Nick Broomfield (idea), Tim Rose Price (idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Lord Hugo Bruckton
Amanda Donohoe ... Ginny Bruckton
Struan Rodger ... Peter Eggleton
Douglas Hodge ... Jamie Skinner
Peter Sands ... The Colonel
David Delve ... Alec
Ralph Brown ... Jack
Alexander Clempson Alexander Clempson ... Edward
Catherine Livesey Catherine Livesey ... Nanny
Michael Hordern ... Lord Crewne
Ian Carmichael ... Exeter
Matthew Marsh ... Raul
Judy Parfitt ... Lady Crewne
Sadie Frost ... Rebecca
Edward Burnham ... John the Gardener
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Storyline

Hugo (Gabriel Byrne), heir to a fortune, is married to Ginny (Amanda Donahoe). They have a young son, and she seems devoted to Hugo, but jealousy wracks him. He imagines her in the arms of a colleague, he spies on her, he rages. One night, after drinking with members of his regiment, he runs his car over a woman: she dies, and all but one of his pals urge him to drive on. Why didn't he stop or swerve? She looked like Ginny. A psychological tug of war ensues: Peter (Struan Rodger), Hugo's business associate, wants to use the cover-up to leverage power over the estate; Jamie (Douglas Hodge), who's dating Hugo's sister, wants to go to the Police. Hugo's family closes ranks. As the Police investigation closes in, who wins the power struggle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The jealousy inside a man's heart . . . can be the deadliest weapon of all

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sensuality and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Obsession See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,001, 9 June 1991

Gross USA:

$336,811

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$336,811
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Edited, R-rated version available on video. See more »


Soundtracks

Catfish Row
(uncredited)
Music by Benny Carter
KPM Music Ltd
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High Stakes/Life
3 October 2019 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Even before I saw another review that was just titled Gabriel Byrne, I was also thinking "great actor" and he sort of elevates the movie overall. You may not think he does make a difference, but he really shows his quality even at times when it can't really help.

There's also one flashback that is shown quite often (including nudity and violence), which is way too much - or hammering it too hard (home). There's a theme about rich people and the way they feel society owes them and they are a bit above the law. Consciousness and some sense of morality sometimes give them a pause though ... but for how long? And also: effective enough?


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