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Crutch (2004)

An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eben Gordon ... David Graham
Rob Moretti ... Kenny Griffith
Juanita Walsh ... Katie Graham
Jennifer Laine Williams ... Julia
Jennifer Katz Jennifer Katz ... Maryann (as Jennifer J. Katz)
James A. Earley James A. Earley ... Jack Graham (as James Earley)
Robert Bray Robert Bray ... Michael Graham
Laura O'Reilly Laura O'Reilly ... Lisa Graham
Tim Loftus Tim Loftus ... Zack
Frankie Faison ... Jerry
Tia Dionne Hodge ... Janice
Michael Ellison Michael Ellison ... Bobby
Salvador Castillo Salvador Castillo ... Drug Dealer
Michael Philip Anthony Michael Philip Anthony ... Casting Director #1
Jack Pesin Jack Pesin ... Casting Director #1 Voice (voice)


An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, David's home life is falling apart. As he tries to cope with the impossible situation, the troubled and impressionable teenager falls under the spell of Kenny, a georgous, thirty-something, has-been actor turned theatre coach. When Kenny's "support" escalates into seduction, David slowly decends into an abyss of drinking and drug addition from which he must escape if he is to survive. CRUTCH is a dramatic tale of the confusion of youth and the difficulties in finding oneself. Written by Anonymous

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A young man... His teacher...Crossing boundries


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use


Official Sites:

HP Productions





Release Date:

17 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »


Box Office


$420,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,222, 19 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,500, 29 September 2004
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Company Credits

Production Co:

HP Productions LLC See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Errol Flynn and W.C. Fields action upon John Barrymore's death story is said to be true in the film. Experts say it is not. Here is the story from Errol Flynn biographer Louis Kraft: "Sorry, but it is yet another telling of a legend based upon fiction, Russ Williams, and one that I have not heard before. Someone got inventive with what supposedly happened. Flynn was close to Barrymore, and I believe looked up to him (certainly Barrymore's 'Don Juan' played a part in Flynn wanting to play the great lover and swordsman on film). ... Flynn, Barrymore, Fields, the artist John Decker, and Sadakichi Hartmann often met to drink, tell tales, and discuss any and everything, along with playing jokes; Flynn was closest to Decker and Barrymore. When Barrymore died in 1942, Flynn and director Raoul Walsh were at Flynn's 'Mulholland Farm,' his great house overlooking the San Fernando Valley, drinking. John Decker, who was supposedly with Barrymore in the hospital, arrived and told them the news. Decker, who had supposedly been up for almost 24 hours, left to go to bed, Flynn supposedly received a phone call from his lawyer and left to sign paperwork. Before leaving he asked Walsh (who was close to him) to stay, and that he wouldn't be gone long. After Flynn left, Walsh decided to go to the mortuary, He knew one of the owners, as he was a former actor, and asked if he could borrow Barrymore's body for a crippled friend to see him one last time. The owner (Dick Malloy?) agreed, dressed the corpse, and helped Walsh get Barrymore into his car. After arriving at Flynn's house, Walsh got Flynn's man, Alex, who had gone a bender the day before (his day off) and hadn't sobered up yet, to help him get Barrymore into the house and propped up where he liked to sit on the couch in the living room. As hungover as he was, Alex commented that Barrymore looked dead; Walsh supposedly said that he was just dead drunk. After a while Flynn returned home, entered the house and saw Walsh sitting across from Barrymore. He did an about face and screamed as he raced out of the house and hid behind a bush. When Walsh stepped outside Flynn accused him of doing what he had done. Still, Flynn stayed behind the bush until Alex helped Walsh get Barrymore back into his car drove away to the mortuary. The above story is Walsh's retelling of the 'Barrymore episode' (from his autobiography 'Each Man in His Time,' 1974). Flynn told the story first in his autobiography, 'My Wicked, Wicked Ways' (1959). In Flynn's retelling Barrymore is in chair in Flynn's den holding a drink. This time he is alone, but Flynn again flees from his house. Walsh and his cohorts, who had hidden, had to race after him. Buster Wiles, a stunt man and great pal of Flynn, told another version of Barrymore's death. That night he, Walsh and Flynn ate dinner at Gracie Allen and George Burns' house. Jack Benny and wife, among others were also present. A phone call announced the death. Later, they sat outside drinking to 'Jack' Barrymore and discussed bribing the mortuary to have the body released to them while they got drunk. Wiles claims that he pointed out that if they did and it became public news knowledge, there would be a possibility that their films might be banned by churches and other do-gooders. Nothing happened. Flynn's best biographer to date, Thomas McNulty ('Errol Flynn: The Life and Career,' 2004) shares the various stories while not going into detail until he describes a 1977 interview with Wiles (above). He is certain that the Flynn/Barrymore/Walsh [and W.C. Fields] event is a Hollywood legend and just fiction. And I know that various retelling [versions] of the story have been printed in magazines numerous times over the years, as I have several of them. ... I agree with Tom McNulty, who is a good friend of mine." See more »


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23 September 2004 | by inevinsSee all my reviews

Wonderfully filmed, poignant story, fantastic actors. An impressive film to say the least. I hope to see it in wide release so all can enjoy. The story is a coming of age story of an endearing young man and his struggles with addiction, family, and love. Writer/Director/Actor Rob Moretti must have had a roller-coaster of a ride creating this film. It is charged with honesty, hardship, and an underlying theme of Making/Creating and fighting the Unmaking/Destroying. The demons of this film reside in each of the characters, but they are ousted by the goodness and will of those same characters. Eben Gordon is brilliant. I can't wait to see his next project. He plays David, the protagonist. His execution of character development reminds me of Edward Norton's in "American X". He goes from young and innocent to hardened and wiser within a wonderfully timed and subtle arc.

Rob Moretti impresses as David's mentor, Kenny. The relationship these two actors create is potent, real, and honest. It brings to mind the torrential joy and disaster of my first love certainly. With everything else Moretti must have dealt with on set as director/writer I find it very impressive that he and Gordon created such synergy. Most of the other actors did very well, though I would have loved to see more of Frankie Faison as Jerry. An intricate film and wonderful experience. It was very impressive.

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