Crimes of Passion Reviews
(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
Joanna (Kathleen Turner) is a classy fashion designer by day and the seductive and absolute sexy prostitute China Blue by night. Bobby Grady (John Laughlin), an unhappy husband, follows Joanna to find out, if her reputable side has to hide something. He finds out. And he finds more than a little truth with Joanna, while the Reverend (Anthony Perkins) one of her clients, is obsessed with China Blue. And while she indulges in the endless opportunities her profession has to offer, she obviously underrates it's dangerousness and the perils it brings with it.
I have seen this movie for more than ten times and I would always do it again. Kathleen Turner is breathtaking, beautiful, flippant and her sexy voice makes me shiver. And Anthony Perkins shows that he can play the perfect lunatic.
What more is there to say, than "Strip, Bitch!"?
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.
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.