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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

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, 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Obsession See more »

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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 »


Soundtracks

Steppin' Out
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Music by Bob Morgan
KPM Music Ltd
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empty tale of murder in the British upper classes
21 January 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This film tries to be much more clever than it actually is. An aristocrat, empty and brutal, runs down a woman while the worse for drink at the wheel of his car. The woman resembles his wife more than a little. Murder, or mistake? Gabriel Byrne, in the stage of his career when he was still playing low-lifes, bad guys, and simmering sadists, is OK as the lead character, Hugo. Sexy Amanda Donohoe has another interesting role to set against her big break in 'Castaway' a couple of years earlier, but there is little chemistry between her and Byrne - it can't have been an easy film to do, though.

As a depiction of ruling Britain, 'Diamond Skulls' falls into the trap of showing drunken, orgy-obsessed cretins who serve very little purpose. It tries to be both intellectual and psychological, but Nick Broomfield's direction is muddled and the film is a mess.


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