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Dark Obsession (1989)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lord Hugo Bruckton
... Ginny Bruckton
... Peter Eggleton
... Jamie Skinner
... The Colonel
... Alec
... Jack
Alexander Clempson ... Edward
Catherine Livesey ... Nanny
... Lord Crewne
... Exeter
... Raul
... Lady Crewne
... Rebecca
... John the Gardener
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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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Rated R for strong sensuality and for language | See all certifications »

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17 June 1991 (USA)  »

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Dark Obsession  »

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$333,811
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Written by Ian Levine and Steve Wagner
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Brilliant
21 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Dark Obsession" is a stylish, sexy story of the place where love becomes something darker, and where friendship and loyalty to an ideal become a reason to circumvent justice at all costs. When a drunk English aristocrat (Gabriel Byrne) driving a friend's car accidentally kills a woman, his friends cover it up. When one of them has a crisis of conscience, he is obliquely warned to examine where his loyalties lie. Meanwhile, the aristocrat's wife (Amanda Donohoe) is wrestling with her own marital secrets and her own obsessions.

Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, "Dark Obsession" is one of the most chilling ever dramatic commentaries on the British class system and its codes of honour. The film may be too sophisticated for the average American viewer to pick up the nuances (as seen by the other review of this film in this forum) but stands alone as a superb family drama with stellar performances from Byrne, Donohoe, as well as the incomparable Judy Parfitt as the family matriarch, and is one of the most underrated films of its kind. Highly recommended.


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