Crimes of Passion

6.41 h 46 min198418+
Ken Russell
Kathleen TurnerAnthony PerkinsBruce Davison
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THX1138Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Great 80s Plot Twist
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Don't watch this movie if you don't enjoy schlocky 80s mixed with sexual depravity and the search for the meaning behind the 80s neon soul. This movie is disturbing on so many levels that it's only watchable because of the dark humor nailed by great actors like Anthony Perkins and Kathleen Turner...and their chemistry onscreen together is no less than the epic quality of Hepburn and Tracy in Adam's Rib. The movie itself is cheesy at times, but purposely so. That's what some viewers don't get, it's meant to be! A super-goody Dudley Do-Right do-gooder husband with a failing marriage is hired to investigate Kathleen Turner's sexy sleazy alternate ego on the grimy city streets at night. Perkins as a perverted Preacher constantly hounding her with his idiosyncratic twitches and constant sniffing of nasal spray was inspired. Between Turner, Perkins and the husband this movie glides along with its in-your-face sexuality that was mind blowing to the Cosby Show audiences of the 80s. This movie was a tour de force, with the beautiful Kathleen Turner a headlining actor in her time. If you enjoy the movie Cruising or Hardcore with George C Scott, you'll need to add this one to your collection. I cannot express enough the genius behind the dark humor of this movie and if not for Turner and Perkins tremendous talent and onscreen chemistry, this movie would have sank to the box office bottom like a lead turd. The audience in that day loved and hated this movie! It was shocking! It was depraved! It was the farthest thing from what you'd have expected Turner and Perkins to EVER do! It was like finding out pure untainted Snow White liked to hang out with seedy perverts in her off time and watch porn. GENIUS! Future scriptwriters and directors, watch this movie if you really want to capture the gritty streets and cherry lipglossed damsels in distress wrapped up in the neon essence of the 80s.
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dandReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent blu ray release.
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This is one hell of a movie. It’s very frank about human sexuality. Kathleen Turner is great, god she was beautiful. Anthony Perkins seems like he’s playing Norman Bates but still an interestingly complex and mentally ill man. It seemed rather realistic. Even though they say it’s funny, I found only a couple scenes humorous. The end was twisted. I’d have given 5 stars had the music been good. However, I found the music annoying and not complimentary along with Annie Potts wife character, who would drive any guy to seek sex elsewhere.
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beleagured in virginiaReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wildly outrageous with a deeper meaning
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I love this movie, but it's not for everyone. There is graphic sex and a few scenes that are disturbing because they are meant to be. But I find it brilliant. On one level, it's an outrageous trip through a surrealistic sexual underworld, all pulsing blue light, flashing neon signs and off-kilter camera angles. However, it's really much deeper, an examination of the permutations of human sexuality and its connection to personal identity. Kathleen Turner is awesome in a truly brave performance as the professional woman who becomes a kinky prostitute by night. She commits 100 percent, and she's mesmerizing. This was at a time when her career was on the ascent and she took a huge chance by doing this. Anthony Perkins' supporting performance as a crazed priest who wants to reform--or kill--Turner's character is insanely over-the-top but works in context, especially since he may or may not be real. The one false note is the last scene, a little happily-ever-after coda in which the film's everyman character, a man struggling with a marriage gone sour, is speaking in a therapy group. I remember reading that Ken Russell was pressured to tack on a happy ending and it sure feels that way, but it doesn't wreck the movie. If this kind of thing is up your alley, by all means go for it.
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T. DonoghueReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the most provocative of the 80's
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This movie is a must see for any film lover. It is such an amazing piece of work, granted it is dated with that look of the 80's that will make many cringe or laugh out loud.Regardless that is part of the allure of the film as it draws you into the world of the three main characters. The subject matter is just as topical now as it was then, maybe even more so with the advent of the internet, reality television and our addiction to voyeurism and pornography.
There are many layers to this film, Ken Russel's direction, the cinematography,the screen play, the score, which is even more advant garde seeing it so many years after it was first made, and of coarse the actors. If you are fans of Kathleen Turner and Anthony Perkins, and who isn't?, then you will be blown away.
This is easily Kathleen's best film work and really no other American actress has ever shown such intimacy and duality in the sexuality of her character, it is compelling, enthralling and heart breaking.Plus you feel a connection to her because of her vulnerability that she develops as the movie unfolds.Finally her comedic timing is hilarious, yes there are plenty of laugh out scenes in this film too.

As for Mr. Perkins he is just off the charts and in many ways this is such an honest and raw performance for him, I mean he confronts so many social taboos in his character, that he becomes the mirror for the hypocrisy of sexuality in modern American society. It is more worth considering that for Anthony, and the life he lived, this makes his portrayal even more personal and a highlight of his career.
The commentary with Ken is awesome, it is too bad he could not stay for the entire film.
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O. BenetReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dark Sexy Comedic Drama
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I saw Crimes of Passion one time, about twenty years ago, on cable television. It made such a huge impact on me, that I had to own it. I looked at local stores for the VHS, but could never find it, and for some time on DVD, hadn't found it either .... so when I recently came to Amazon, and found it .... I couldn't believe my luck.

Spoiler Alert:

It has Kathleen Turner, in her sexiest role, ever. Revealing almost all of her body, her sexy deep voice, her comedic playfulness, as China Blue, one side of a dual personality. Let me tell you, 20 years ago, I fell in love with Kathleen Turner seeing this film, and continued to be a fan of the actress.

Anthony Perkins, ever the convincing madman, with a few personalities of his own, out to save China Blue's soul.

Seeing it once 20 years ago, I remembered almost every detail of every event that took place, watching it again was like seeing an old friend. Now seeing it again, I have fallen for Kathleen Turner all over again.
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Ty SealeReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kathleen Turner in her Prime! (No pun intended).
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I have been wanting this movie for quite a while. It was hard to come by.
Kathleen Turner gives a smoldering performance. She was not even listed in the credits in the Info on the movie.
The soundtrack is a bit cheesy.
LMSReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
White Knight misogyny at its worst plus ridiculous confusion
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She starts out an empowered super woman but ends up with a worthless dudebro? Give me a break. Predictable yet confusing. Worst of all, the White Knight misogyny of this movie is worse than pretty woman. This movie is garbage. None of the relationships make any sense - except maybe the failed marriage. The only redeeming value of this movie is that it gives some insight into why boomers are such morons about relationships and sex.
RickDVDReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Crimes of Passion (Unrated)
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I was very pleased that Anchor Bay decided to release Crimes of Passion in its unrated version, the one that didn't make it into the theaters. This way, you don't have the constant frame dropping, which was evident on the R rated version. This way, the picture is intact, the way director Ken Russell envisioned it from the start, not the butchered R version that I don't recommend. They say sex sells and they are probably right, as all types can be found in this perverse movie. It's not the first time Kathleen Turner has shown off her "Body Heat" and Anthony Perkins proves that he's really typecast as a "Psycho." I also love Rick Wakeman's score, which is a take off on Dvorak's New World Symphony, as the movie was originally made for New World Pictures - the company never got the in-joke!
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