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CrissCross (1992)

R | | Crime, Drama | 8 May 1992 (USA)
A 12-year-old boy comes of age in 1969 Key West against the backdrop of the Apollo moon landing, when he begins to sell cocaine so his mother can stop stripping.

Director:

Chris Menges

Writers:

Scott Sommer (novel), Scott Sommer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Goldie Hawn ... Tracy Cross
Arliss Howard ... Joe
James Gammon ... Emmett
David Arnott ... Chris Cross
Keith Carradine ... John Cross
J.C. Quinn ... Jetty
Steve Buscemi ... Louis
Paul Calderon ... Blacky
Cathryn de Prume ... Oakley (as Cathryn dePrume)
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Kelly
David Anthony Marshall ... Blondie
Deirdre O'Connell ... Shelly
Anna Levine ... Monica (as Anna Levine Thompson)
Neil Giuntoli ... Snyder
Christy Martin Christy Martin ... Termina
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Storyline

Set in 1969, a twelve-year-old grows up in Key West with his mother, who is paying the bills by stripping at the local topless bar. The boy finds out about her activities and tries to convince her to stop, to no avail. A local restaurant owner hires him to collect fish from a boat out in the bay, and the boy discovers that the restaurant owner is using the fish to bring drugs in to shore. He steals one load and goes about selling it so his mother can afford to quit her job. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug-related scenes, and for brief but strong sensuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criss Cross See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,041,264, 10 May 1992

Gross USA:

$3,052,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,052,738
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Continental Film Labs)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In his nude scene, David Arnott is sporting tan lines that indicated that, in real life, he wore a swim-brief outside in the sun. They were still in style then (filming was 1990), and his tan lines indicate about a 3 inch side length. See more »

Goofs

On a still July day, the voice of a Common Loon on its Minnesota lake is heard way down in Florida. See more »

Quotes

Joe: God gave us baseball to make up for the Industrial Revolution.
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Connections

References Dark Shadows (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)
Written by Andrew Bernard and John Gourrier
Performed by John Fred and His Playboy Band
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Movie creates a great sense of time and place
21 February 2006 | by pachlSee all my reviews

Criss Cross takes place in Key West, 1969. The biggest success of this movie is creating a realistic sense of time and place. You can practically feel the humidity and smell the ocean in this movie.

Goldie Hawn plays a divorced mother raising her 12 year old son, played by David Arnott. I don't know the full story, but I have read that quite a few critics made rather vicious comments about David's performance. Without even taking into consideration that this was his acting debut, I thought his acting was quite good. He was likable and charming. For once, we see a kid who actually acts and talks like a kid. When you see him working (three jobs, no less), it really looks like he is working, not just going through the motions.

It might have taken some work by the acting coaches to produce the performance we see on screen, but the end result is excellent.

David also narrates the movie. I liked his relaxed, laconic speaking style. It really set the tone for the movie.

Criss Cross is a movie that stays with me because it shows a vanished world, a place and time that can't be reproduced. It is a world of living simply. Life is hard, but there is a pervasive sense of hope. It reminded me of the first time I visited Spain's Costa del Sol in 1983. The "outside world" hadn't made a dent in many of the smaller towns. You could walk into a small, family run store and see merchandise that must have been on the shelves for many years. The pace was slow, and in retrospect the days all seemed sunny and warm.

That is how this movie will make you feel.


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