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Crimes of Passion
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Directed By
Ken Russell

Written By:
Barry Sandler

Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Annie Potts, John Laughlin, Bruce Davison, Norman Burton

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Crimes of Passion (1984)
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Movie Review by Derringer
February 15th, 2009


Without question - Director KEN RUSSELL has got to be 'THE DAFFIEST' man in British Film History.

Credited with other such borderline 'Wacko' offerings as LISZTOMANIA and W.H.O.R.E - CRIMES OF PASSION (COP) (!!??) certainly points RUSSELL, as a Director, in the direction of, yet, another inevitable step down the ladder, straight into the gutter of pure cinematic slop.

After watching - Or, should I say - After 'enduring' COP, I'm actually embarrassed to admit that Director RUSSELL is, indeed, a fellow countryman of mine. I'd like to say that RUSSELL was really born some place else, like, maybe, another planet, perhaps, and that he travelled lightyears to get here, just to make movies. But, sadly enough, that isn't the case.

RUSSELL is one of those Directors (with a decidedly lopsided perspective on things) who repeatedly goes right off the deep end when it comes to movie subject matter. And COP is no exception to the rule. It would've been one thing, had this flick come across as being even half-way entertaining, but it wasn't. Right from the start one knows, beyond a doubt, that COP is gonna be a non-stop, sleazy, slimy movie-ride straight to the end. And on that one, single point COP definitely delivers the goods.

COP is an absurd walk on the wild side. It's a psycho's 'neon-blurred' traipse through the sordid and sluttish Red-Light District of Los Angeles - a.k.a. - America's #1 Sin City.


TURNER plays character Joanna Crane, who, by day, is a high-paid Fashion Designer. Very respectable. Extremely successful. But, by night, Joanna transforms, donning a cheap-looking blonde wig, into China Blue, the high-paid Hooker-Delight. According to COP's biased testimony, China Blue is supposed to represent the absolute embodiment of that which men dream, cream, and desire in a woman. (To each his own, I say. To each his own)

One smoggy day - Into COP's smelly, little story strolls the twitchy, quirky Reverend Peter Shayne who's checking things out on the wild side of town - Right up China Blue's alley, in fact. Rev. Shayne is played by Actor ANTHONY PERKINS. And, believe me, it's at this point that COP suddenly becomes a 'PSYCHO-Deja Vu Flick' like you wouldn't believe.

PERKINS, obviously striving to relive his Norman Bates character of 24 years earlier (but failing miserably), relentlessly harasses, threatens, and eventually attempts to annihilate China Blue with the aid of a sleek, metalic dildo that's been sharpened at its head-end into the point of a knife.

From start to finish - COP is an utter mess of ridiculous, stilted dialogue, stupid situations, and terrible, unconvincing performances.

Like so many other KEN RUSSELL films - COP is so annoyingly out of control at times that it turns, what should have been mere entertainment, into a literal endurance test - Just trying to sit through this thing till the bitter end is an accomplishment all in itself.

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