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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.

Director:

Hal Hartley

Writer:

Hal Hartley
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Even though she plays a teenager in it, when this movie was filmed Adrienne Shelly was actually 24 years old. See more »

Quotes

Matthew Slaughter: Why have you done this?
Maria Coughlin: Done what?
Matthew Slaughter: Why do you put up with me like this?
Maria Coughlin: Someone had to.
Matthew Slaughter: But why you?
Maria Coughlin: I just happened to be here.
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Connections

Referenced in Crying? (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Mess With Me
Written by Hub Moore
Performed by The Great Outdoors
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My Favorite Movie Of All Time
30 July 2010 | by david-a-goddardSee all my reviews

I first saw this film in 1990 while I was in college and I loved it. I watched it over and over on VHS. I told everyone that this was my favorite movie of all time and watched every Hal Hartley movie I could find. Last night I stumbled across Trust on Netflix Instant and I thought I'd check it out to see if this film that I was so passionate about when I was 20 years old held up over time or if the 40 year old me would find it silly or dated. To my surprise I was blown away all over again by how ridiculously great it is. The smart stylized dialog, the music, the starkness, the silences, the camera framing, all of the whacked out but fully human characters, Martin Donovan and Adrienne Shelly so young and beautiful. As the final, simple, beautiful, frame of the film disappeared and credits rolled I was left sitting on the couch in a state of shocked amazement at the effect this film still has on me. Hands down my favorite movie of all time!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$356,122

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$357,400
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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