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The Crush (1993)

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A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl, who proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances.


Alan Shapiro


Alan Shapiro
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Cary Elwes ... Nick Eliot
Alicia Silverstone ... Darian Forrester
Jennifer Rubin ... Amy Maddik
Kurtwood Smith ... Cliff Forrester
Amber Benson ... Cheyenne
Gwynyth Walsh ... Liv Forrester
Matthew Walker ... Michael
Deborah Hancock Deborah Hancock ... Samantha
Beverley Elliott ... Tex Murphy
Andrew Airlie ... Dr. Pollard
Sheila Paterson Sheila Paterson ... Mrs. Tinkerman
Brent Chapman Brent Chapman ... Steven Tinkerman
James Kidnie ... Attorney
Betty Phillips Betty Phillips ... Abigail Spaulding
Duncan Fraser ... Detective


Nick Eliot, a 28 year old newspaper reporter moves in the guest house of the Forresters'. Everything goes fine until he meets Adrienne, the Forresters' only child, a 14 year old girl. She develops a crush on him. When he ignores her advances, she's rebuffed and willing to kill him. Written by Ryan Burgos

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He thought it was just a crush. He was dead wrong. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and terror violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

2 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darian See more »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


All of Alicia Silverstone's nude scenes were done by a body double. See more »


When Adrienne is leaning into the bathroom talking to Nick, her hands are not on the door frame. In the next shot, her left hand is on the door frame. See more »


Adrian Forrester: [Seeing Nick talking to a blonde and trying to rattle Amy] Hey, looks like Nick made a friend. God, she's pretty! She's just like a model.
Amy Maddik: [Dismissively] If you like that kind of thing.
Adrian Forrester: Don't worry, Amy; some guys really like girls with small breasts.
[Amy is taken aback by Adrian's remark]
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Crazy Credits

After the fade out, Darian's face is visible until a few seconds after the credits start. See more »

Alternate Versions

TV versions feature additional footage: Darian spying on Nick through a wooden gate; Darian getting a ride from Nick to practice while all the other girls stare at her; Nick talks briefly to Amy about the babysitter Amy says "What could she know?" and for him to call her with any information; Darian calls Nick at 2:30 in the morning and says "Am I your first call?"; Nick scares Amy who is taking a shower; Nick's boss yelling at him in a bathroom about his fight with Darian; and Nick in a limo going to see Levansky; Amy and Nick chatting and her saying "Have you ever heard the expression Don't kneed your meat where you lay your bread?"; extra few seconds of Nick helping Cliff get the boxes up to the attic; Nick calling Levansky's babysitter; Nick watching The Forrester family getting their possessions from the house; a foggy bathroom mirror. See more »


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Performed by Starclub
Island Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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User Reviews

It fills a void...
1 May 2007 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

In the early 90's there was a marked scarcity of movie material for drama suspense. It seems the industry was experimenting. This was after "Fatal Attraction", "Silence of the Lambs" was a blockbuster, so apparently producers were trying similar genres. Now we have "Swimfan" and a new supply of similar themes for the newer viewers.

Alicia Silverstone is believable, she attempts to add some character to the film. Elwes, while acceptable, is scarcely superior, as the befuddled and harassed tenant. Amy (Silverstone) lives in a Tudor mansion, keys Nicks car, gets him to take her on a drive, etc. She is 14 he is 28. Hardly an earth-shattering premise for two hours of film to be created.

The carousel project her father has in the attic is a metaphor. We have seen it before. Her father and mother seem to be cardboard figures, representative of some establishment; this is never clearly manifested in the film. There are worse movies about obsession and psychosis. An old Hollywood standby. 7/10.

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