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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.

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Nick Broomfield

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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, heir to a fortune, is married to Ginny. 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, Hugo's business associate, wants to use the cover-up to leverage power over the estate; Jamie, 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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The jealousy inside a man's heart . . . can be the deadliest weapon of all

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$333,811
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Edited, R-rated version available on video. See more »

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Written by Ian Levine and Steve Wagner
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Gabriel Byrne
18 February 2010 | by maeveahuntSee all my reviews

OK, the film is uncomfortable and a bit basic, but anyone who loves and I mean loves Gabriel Byrne, will really want to watch this movie. Lots of very moody shots of him doing what he does best and thats looking dark, Irish and quite lovely. A bit of a strange plot, but he stands out in his film.

Amanda Donoghue is excellent, and the back drop of London and the English country side is an important part to the film.

You don't actually identify with anyone to like in this film, however as previously mentioned if you are an avid 'Gabriel' watcher, then this one is for you.


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