Hush

Hush

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Director: Jonathan Darby

Cast: Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech

     
 

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Jonathan Darby made his directorial debut with this thriller, set in Kentucky (but filmed in Orange County, VA). Jackson Baring (Johnathon Schaech) wants his girlfriend, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow), to meet his mother, Martha (Jessica Lange), so he brings her home for Christmas to Kilronan, their sumptuous Kentucky estate and horse farm. Later, after Helen gets pregnant,… See more details below

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Jonathan Darby made his directorial debut with this thriller, set in Kentucky (but filmed in Orange County, VA). Jackson Baring (Johnathon Schaech) wants his girlfriend, Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow), to meet his mother, Martha (Jessica Lange), so he brings her home for Christmas to Kilronan, their sumptuous Kentucky estate and horse farm. Later, after Helen gets pregnant, they marry and return to Kilronan to have the baby, but Martha aggressively intrudes and manipulates, telling obstetrician Dr. Hill (Hal Holbrook) how to deal with the birth and forbidding Helen from seeing Jackson's invalid granny, Alice (Nina Foch). After learning some of Martha's past history from Alice, Helen soon decides she must make an escape from her demented mother-in-law.

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Jessica Lange has earned enough accolades, including a Best Actress Oscar for Blue Sky, that a person tends to forget she's also capable of scenery-chewing histrionics that are rife with self-parody. In Hush, she submits just such a performance, due in no small part to the inexperience of director Jonathan Darby. Her Kentucky-fried mother-in-law from hell (with Oedipal tendencies) is actually toned down a bit -- they reshot the original ending almost two years later, excising footage of Lange screaming and brandishing a butcher knife (but, confusingly, leaving such footage in the trailers). While the new ending is more life-sized, it's also so boring and anticlimactic that it hardly helps. Never mind that the actors look noticeably older in the final scene, and their work seems dissociated from the rest of the film. Nothing Hush might do would make it anything more than what it is: the type of cheesy, paint-by-numbers domestic thriller in which only the victim can see the torturous behavior of her tormentor, while everyone else (most crucially, her husband) is blind to it. If Darby occasionally does something smart and chilling, he quickly returns to the status quo of clichés and melodrama. As tremulousness seems like less of an acting sin than overblown wickedness, Gwyneth Paltrow comes off a little better than Lange, but it's obvious she would have never made this movie if she'd been more established. Johnathon Schaech is basically a cipher who gets lost in the shuffle.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381686128
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
7,981

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Lange Martha Baring
Gwyneth Paltrow Helen
Johnathon Schaech Jackson Baring
Nina Foch Alice Baring
Debi Mazar Lisa
Hal Holbrook Dr. Hill
Kaiulani Lee Sister O'Shaughnessy
David Thornton Gavin

Technical Credits
Jonathan Darby Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Carla Corwin Asst. Director
Thomas Davies Asst. Director
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Michael Johnston Production Designer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Robert Leighton Editor
Heidi Levitt Casting
Jay Meagher Sound/Sound Designer
Ginny Nugent Co-producer
Dan Rae Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Rusconi Screenwriter
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Easton M. Smith Set Decoration/Design
James F. Truesdale Art Director
Thomas A. Walsh Production Designer
Doug Wick Producer
Christopher Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:59]
2. First impressions [8:36]
3. New Year's Eve [4:21]
4. Back to work [1:13]
5. "I'm pregnant." [2:28]
6. The wedding [2:48]
7. Close call [1:37]
8. In emergency [:54]
9. Surprise visitor [4:20]
10. Something to tell her [6:03]
11. Abnormalities [5:25]
12. Martha forbids [1:34]
13. Dr. Hill [1:07]
14. Alice [4:45]
15. Steam treatment [7:00]
16. A word with Franklin [1:54]
17. Off to the races [1:53]
18. How Jack died [2:03]
19. Dinner with Martha [1:31]
20. Confessing her sins [2:29]
21. "You found me out." [3:39]
22. Escape attempt [4:13]
23. Labor pains [1:06]
24. Jackson calls [1:36]
25. "Push, Helen, push!" [1:46]
26. Interrupeted plans [2:40]
27. Midnight rambler [3:14]
28. Legends of the fall [11:17]
Side #2 -- FULLSCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:59]
2. First impressions [8:36]
3. New Year's Eve [4:21]
4. Back to work [1:13]
5. "I'm pregnant." [2:28]
6. The wedding [2:48]
7. Close call [1:37]
8. In emergency [:54]
9. Surprise visitor [4:20]
10. Something top tell her [6:03]
11. Abnormalities [5:25]
12. Martha forbids [1:34]
13. Dr. Hill [1:07]
14. Alice [4:45]
15. Steam treatment [7:00]
16. A word with Franklin [1:54]
17. Off to the races [1:53]
18. How Jack died [2:03]
19. Dinner with Martha [1:31]
20. Confessing her sins [2:29]
21. "You found me out." [3:39]
22. Escape attempt [4:13]
23. Labor pains [1:06]
24. Jackson calls [1:36]
25. "Push, Helen, push!" [1:46]
26. Interrupted plans [2:40]
27. Midnight rambler [3:14]
28. Legends of the fall [11:17]

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