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Crimes of Passion
     

Crimes of Passion

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Director: Ken Russell, Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin

Cast: Ken Russell, Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, John Laughlin

 

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Joanna Crane (Kathleen Turner) is a cold, workaholic sportswear designer, divorced and dedicated only to her job. Once strapped into that role, Joanna looks for an "out" and finds it by donning a wig and hitting the pavement as a $50/trick hooker named China Blue. Explicit scenes show her at work on her night job, including a long S and M segment with a policeman.

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Joanna Crane (Kathleen Turner) is a cold, workaholic sportswear designer, divorced and dedicated only to her job. Once strapped into that role, Joanna looks for an "out" and finds it by donning a wig and hitting the pavement as a $50/trick hooker named China Blue. Explicit scenes show her at work on her night job, including a long S and M segment with a policeman. While making money as China Blue, Joanna runs into a menacing, fanatic preacher (Anthony Perkins) who is out to save her from this life of sin, but in the meantime, he is also busy watching nude girly shows. As China Blue and the sexually ambivalent Reverend heat up their relationship, he becomes difficult to read: is this psycho reverend a killer? While China Blue is plying her trade, Bobby Grady (John Laughlin) has finally realized after 12 years of marriage that his wife Amy (Annie Potts) is frigid and just as he has this remarkably delayed insight, he is assigned by Joanna's boss to find out if she is stealing designs or not. By tracking Joanna, Bobby sees her transformation as China Blue and as might be expected, sex is not far behind.

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The prime example of Ken Russell's proclivity for examining bizarre sexual underworlds, Crimes of Passion fails to generate resonance from its sensationalist subject matter, more concerned with taboo than insight. Anthony Perkins' porno priest, who quotes Bible passages moments after emerging from a peep show (and that's his least ripe offense), is the epitome of Russell's cartoonish, overstated approach. Kathleen Turner provides some balance to Perkins' scenery chewing, enough for the Los Angeles Film Critics' Association to have honored her as Best Actress, but she fights a losing battle with Russell's aggressive desire to shock. The film is so grisly and fixed in its perverted milieu that the daytime scenes feel like they might have been spliced from another movie. As a result, the B-story about the unraveling marriage doesn't work. Still, Russell has earned kudos for his unwillingness to soften his agenda, and Crimes of Passion wins some respect solely on the basis of this audacity. Ever eager to remove any glamour from the world of prostitution, Russell again explored the underbelly of the world's oldest trade in Whore (1991), which left viewers and critics cold for similar reasons.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2016
UPC:
0760137874294
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Arrow Video
Region Code:
12A
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
13,014

Special Features

Audio commentary with director Ken Russell and producer-screenwriter Barry Sandler Seven deleted/extended scenes with optional commentary by Sandler Brand-new interview with Sandler recorded especially for this release Brand-new interview with composer Rick Wakeman recorded especially for this release It's a Lovely Life music video Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kathleen Turner Joanna Crane/China Blue
Anthony Perkins Rev. Peter Shayne
John Laughlin Bobby Grady
Annie Potts Amy Grady
Bruce Davison Donny Hopper
John Scanlon Carl
Vince McKewin Group Member No. 3
Deanna Oliver Group Member No. 4
Stephen Lee Jerry
Pat McNamara Frank
Seth Wagerman Jimmy Grady
Joseph Chapman Walt Pierson
Norman Burton Lou Bateman
Thomas Murphy Phil Chambers
Donald J. Westerdale Airline Trick
John Rose Arthur
Louise Sorel Claudia
Lisa Hayslip Hooker
Pamela Anderson Hooker
Janice Kent Patty Marshall
James Crittenden Tom Marshall
Ian Petrella Jimmy's Friend
Randall Brady Cop
Peggy Feury Adrian
Gerald O'Loughlin Ben
Molly Russell Little Girl in Music Video
Victoria Russell Bride in Music Video

Technical Credits
Ken Russell Director
Donald P. Borchers Co-producer
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Linda Francis Casting
Norman Gimbel Songwriter
Bob Manning Production Manager
Stephen Marsh Art Director
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Christy Ann Newquist Makeup
Barry Sandler Producer,Screenwriter
Barbara Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Editor
Larry Thompson Executive Producer
Rick Wakeman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crimes of Passion
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12

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Crimes of Passion 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one has its moments, but its a lot of Ken Russell weirdness. Its part (1980's) MTV video and part psycho-sexual thriller.It never comes together, but when you get to see Kathleen Turner ham it up as Miss Liberty, and Anthony Perkins rant on as a perverted parson, you can't feel cheated. Its an hour and a half victimless crime. Watch the unrated,Euro version, if possible.