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Trust (1990)

After being thrown out of her house, Maria encounters a married woman who complains of not having children. Maria ends up in an abandoned house, where she meets Matthew. When a baby is kidnapped Maria sets out to find the woman.

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Hal Hartley

Writer:

Hal Hartley

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrienne Shelly ... Maria Coughlin
Martin Donovan ... Matthew Slaughter
Rebecca Nelson Rebecca Nelson ... Jean Coughlin (as Merritt Nelson)
John MacKay John MacKay ... Jim Slaughter
Edie Falco ... Peg Coughlin
Gary Sauer Gary Sauer ... Anthony
Matt Malloy ... Ed
Suzanne Costollos Suzanne Costollos ... Rachel
Jeff Howard Jeff Howard ... Robert
Karen Sillas ... Nurse Paine
Tom Thon ... Deli Man
Hannah Sullivan Hannah Sullivan ... Ruark Boss (as Patricia Sullivan)
Marko Hunt Marko Hunt ... John Coughlin
Kathryn Mederos Kathryn Mederos ... Factory Woman
Bill Sage ... John Bill
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Storyline

When high school dropout Maria Coughlin announces her pregnancy to her parents, her father drops dead on the floor. Her mother kicks her out of the house and her boyfriend dumps her, so Maria is left alone and homeless. This is when she meets Matthew Slaughter. Matthew is an educated high school graduate with a great talent for fixing electronic devices, but he can't hang on to a job because of his principled attitude towards quality. When Maria accepts Matthew's offer to help her, they begin to form a relationship with each other in which both of them begin to change. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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A slightly twisted comedy

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A semmi ágán See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$356,122
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Maria Coughlin: I am ashamed. I am ashamed of being young I am ashamed of being stupid.
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Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
Ludwig van Beethoven
Courtesy of Supraphon Records / KPM Music
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Hal Hartley's signature film
23 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

TRUST (1990) *** Adrienne Shelly and Martin Donovan shine as a pregnant, naive teen who is befriended by troubled loner-type, respectively, in this sharply written satire/black comedy/and at times gimmicky bloodless acting (but that's also the warped appeal) that brings into question the monotony of dreary jobs, thankless relationships and bad parenting. Directed by Hal Hartley in his signature solemnity.


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