Crimes of Passion Reviews
Kathleen Turner really goes the limit as an actress in her role as China Blue. She looks great and gives more to the film than it really deserves. This is getting more hotter than Turner's latest film, 1981's Body Heat.
Much of the dialogue is clever, witty, and bitingly effective. The performances are top notch - particularly Anthony Perkins as the maniacal priest whom is captivated by the street-smart, fashion-designer-cum-hooker Turner. The sexual scenes are bold, but not sexually explicit.
Ken Russell's films are all over the top sights for the eyes and the redlight district that China Blue frequents is a great set piece. Kathleen Turner is great as the super erotic China Blue, playing whatever game her john wants to play. The main problem with the film is John Loughlin's character. I don't know if it's the writing or his acting but the entire plot point dealing with him is so mind numbingly dull and stupid he ruins the picture. An ugly performance from Loughlin.
It's Anthony Perkins that salvages the film. His over the top portrayal of the porno obsessed street preacher is a testament to his acting ability. Psycho may have been his greatest role but Crimes of Passion has to be second. He plays the role with such force and drive that it gets to you. He is that damn good in the role. Anthony Perkins made up for Loughlin's terrible performance.
Crime of Passion is another one of those '80's erotic thrillers ala Body Double and Fatal Attraction, though this film is very explicit in its sex scenes. A product of it's time, the acting of two out of the three leads makes this a film worth give a view.
Anthony Perkins is cast in the role of a psychotic street preacher who's obsessing over working girl Kathleen Turner. Obsessing in a Hitchcockian sort of way, you see. Which is why Perkins was cast. Unfortunately, he delivers way, way over-the-top, and it comes off as oh-so campy.
Turner, here just three years behind her steamy delivery in "Body Heat," delivers decently - but the lines are just too flat and trite for it to matter very much. Annie Potts does ok. The rest of the bunch hopefully sought out career tracks in the food and beverage industry.
If there's anything really interesting here it's the camerawork, and more specifically, the lighting. There's a lot of scenes containing bold, vibrant colors mixing upon one another. Plus there's a lot of creative lighting and shadowing. One interesting example is the use of a wallpaper in Turner's hot-sheet motel room. It holds a pattern in velvet atop a base layer that is slightly metallic. The metallic layer is just reflective enough to glimmer as Turner stands beside it, and to add light to her from a side angle.
Commentary by director Russell doesn't bring much to the party. The DVD is the un-cut Director's Cut. The theatrical release had to go through six rounds of snipping to get past the MPAA.
RECOMMENDATION: Approved for film-schoolers, for the aforementioned camerawork. Others - even those looking for steamy R-rated late-night-cable fare - should just steer clear.
NB: The Pam Anderson billed in this fim, who is on-screen for all of 1.5 seconds, is NOT "the" Pam Anderson. Down, boy.
(1984) Crimes Of Passion
EROTIC DRAMA THRILLER
Made 9 months after "Angel" which the idea is similar with the female protagonists live with different lives. In the movie "Angel", it has a female teenager who's a school girl by day and prostitute by night, in the movie starring Kathleen Turner she's a devoted worker who's real name is Joanna Crane, and by night she's called China Blue who's a professional escort. As "China Blue" she has to deal with unattractive old men and some women but enjoys it since it's the only way she can escape from her consuming job since she can't seem to find gratification on any other way. For instance not one attractive co-worker is hitting on her, and I find that hard to believe. She's being pursued by a demented convert who calls himself a pastor and he's being played by Anthony Perkins as Rev. Peter Shayne even though he hangs around on strip clubs but continues to stalk China Blue. And at the same time, Bobby Grady( John Laughlin ) is being hired by a big name company which designs and makes clothes to spy on the company's best workers Joanna (Turner). And it is during this time which is when Bobby is having intimate problems with his wife Amy. There's only one funny scene throughout the film which centers on Bobby acting like how college guys act like but much of everything else in this film is full of rants and babbles viewers don't really need to listen to particularly from Perkins. And they're scenes which needed to be explained but what does anyone expect from a director as Ken Russell.
2 out of 4 stars
[font=Kristen ITC][color=#000000]It is a movie that provides an interesting contrast of night and day or light and dark. Joanna Crane, prim workaholic in the day, and the night time brings on her role as Kinky hooker China Blue. This movie was very 80?s, however I did actually enjoy it. Anthony Perkins (good old Norman Bates from Psycho) played an excellent (and very creepy) fanatical preacher who is out to teach China a lesson with his razor-sharp weapon. A definitive cult hit.[/color][/font]