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Crush

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 1992
  • Alison Maclean
  • 92 mins
  • 15

Summary

While driving literary critic Christina to an interview with a novelist, Lane is involved in a serious car accident which leaves her friend severely brain-damaged. Deciding to undertake Christina's assignment herself, the uninjured Lane becomes attracted to the novelist's 15-year-old daughter, sparking a friendship that leads to jealousy and recrimination.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Alison Maclean makes an arresting feature debut with this dark treatise on sexual ambiguity, power games and identity crises. Metaphors abound as the mercenary Marcia Gay Harden exploits literary critic Donogh Rees's incapacity to move in on author William Zappa and his impressionable daughter, Caitlin Bossley. The bubbling mud of New Zealand's top tourist site Rotorua symbolises the seething emotions underlying the increasingly sinister events, while Harden's ruthless opportunism represents the threat of American cultural imperialism. All themes aside, though, this erotic psychological thriller eventually boils over into melodrama, with only the conviction of the performances preserving its credibility.

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Credits

Cast

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LaneMarcia Gay Harden
ChristinaDonogh Rees
AngelaCaitlin Bossley
ColinWilliam Zappa
HorsePete Smith
ArthurJon Brazier
StephenDavid Stott
Aunty BetHarata Solomon
ColleenCaroline De Lore

Crew

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DirectorAlison Maclean

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro Tartan Pictures
Released on
1993-03-19
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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