The Crush (1993)

R | 89 mins | Drama | 2 April 1993

Director:

Alan Shapiro

Writer:

Alan Shapiro

Producer:

James G. Robinson

Cinematographer:

Bruce Surtees

Editor:

Ian Crafford

Production Designer:

Michael Bolton

Production Company:

Morgan Creek Productions
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HISTORY

       On 12 Jun 1992, DV announced that the company, Morgan Creek, had purchased rights to produce and internationally distribute The Crush, writer-director Alan Shapiro’s first theatrical screenplay, based on events in his own life, which he began writing in Mar 1992. With Warner Bros. set to handle domestic distribution, the Morgan Creek deal beat out other offers from Walt Disney Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Paramount Pictures. Production was expected to begin in the fall of that year.
       Although a 7 Jul 1992 HR production chart indicated production was scheduled to begin 10 Sep 1992, the 29 Sep 1992 HR stated that principal photography began two weeks later, on 24 Sep 1992, under the company Guest House Productions, headquartered at the Bridge Studios in Burnaby, Canada. The “Forrester” family house was located in the Shaughnessy neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada, and had to be re-landscaped and renovated to accommodate a sixteen-day shooting schedule. The guesthouse was duplicated on the Bridge Studios sound stage, where filming was expected to take place for an additional three weeks. The charity party scene took place at Great Hall of the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology.
       Reviews were generally negative. The 12 Apr 1993 DV listed an opening weekend box-office total of $575,000 at sixty-six theaters.
       The Crush marked the feature film debut of Alicia Silverstone. While AMPAS production notes indicated her character was named "Darian Forrester" in the original theatrical, VHS, and Laserdisc home video releases, she was named "Adrian" in the DVD print viewed for this record. Although not corroborated by evidence in primary documents, modern sources suggest that the change was ... More Less

       On 12 Jun 1992, DV announced that the company, Morgan Creek, had purchased rights to produce and internationally distribute The Crush, writer-director Alan Shapiro’s first theatrical screenplay, based on events in his own life, which he began writing in Mar 1992. With Warner Bros. set to handle domestic distribution, the Morgan Creek deal beat out other offers from Walt Disney Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Paramount Pictures. Production was expected to begin in the fall of that year.
       Although a 7 Jul 1992 HR production chart indicated production was scheduled to begin 10 Sep 1992, the 29 Sep 1992 HR stated that principal photography began two weeks later, on 24 Sep 1992, under the company Guest House Productions, headquartered at the Bridge Studios in Burnaby, Canada. The “Forrester” family house was located in the Shaughnessy neighborhood of Vancouver, Canada, and had to be re-landscaped and renovated to accommodate a sixteen-day shooting schedule. The guesthouse was duplicated on the Bridge Studios sound stage, where filming was expected to take place for an additional three weeks. The charity party scene took place at Great Hall of the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology.
       Reviews were generally negative. The 12 Apr 1993 DV listed an opening weekend box-office total of $575,000 at sixty-six theaters.
       The Crush marked the feature film debut of Alicia Silverstone. While AMPAS production notes indicated her character was named "Darian Forrester" in the original theatrical, VHS, and Laserdisc home video releases, she was named "Adrian" in the DVD print viewed for this record. Although not corroborated by evidence in primary documents, modern sources suggest that the change was made for television airing and subsequent DVD release because a lawsuit was filed against filmmaker Alan Shapiro for using the name of the real-life Darian Forrester upon which the character was based.
      End credits state: “This film was made at various locations in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,” and include the following acknowledgments: “The producers would like to thank for their help and cooperation in the making of this film: The City of Vancouver; Bridge Studiosdios, Vancouver; Albert G. Ruben & Company, Inc.; Chemical Bank; Signet Bank; Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; The British Columbia Film Commission; Association of Canadian Film Craftspeople – British Columbia; Coca-Cola USA; The Hogue Cellars; Leica Canada; NEC Technologies, Inc.; Reebok; The Sharper Image; Subway Sandwiches; Verbatim Corp.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Jun 1992
p. 1, 46.
Daily Variety
12 Apr 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Sep 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 1992
pp. 19-20.
Los Angeles Times
5 Apr 1993
Section F, p. 3.
New York Times
3 Apr 1993
Section 1, p. 17.
Variety
12 Apr 1993
pp. 75-76.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
James G. Robinson Presents
A Morgan Creek Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Line prod
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Key grip
Best boy
Best boy
3d grip
3d grip
Dolly grip
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Generator op
Stills photog
Grip and elec equip by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
Asst ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Head set dec
Lead dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set buyer
Props master
Lead props
Lead props
Props buyer
Const coord
Head carpenter
Lead hand carpenter
Lead hand carpenter
Standby carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Key scenic artist
Head painter
Lead head painter
Standby painter
Painter
Head greensman
Asst greensman
Key const services
Asst const services
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Set supv
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus orch
SOUND
Boom op
Supv sd ed
ADR supv
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
1st asst sd ed
2d asst sd ed
Foley rec
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals by
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
Makeup asst
Key hairstylist
Asst hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord - Vancouver
Prod coord - LA
Asst coord
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Loc prod asst
Loc prod asst
Post prod supv
Post prod asst
Asst to Mr. Robinson
Asst to Mr. Barber
Asst to Messrs. Shapiro & MacDonald
Set prod asst
Office prod asst
Morgan Creek admin
Unit pub
Prod controller
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Accounts clerk
Post prod accountant
Casting - Vancouver
Extras casting - Vancouver
Casting asst - Los Angeles
Mechanical services
Mechanical services
Transportation coord
Driver capt
Head driver
Cast driver
Cast driver
Honeywagon driver
Star Wagon driver
Driver
Driver
Exec driver
Catering by
Craft service
Security coord
Security
Security
Completion guaranty provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stand-in
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"My House," performed by Chris Kowanko, EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Walk Rudy Music, courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
"Hard To Get," performed by Starclub, Island Music Ltd., courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
"So Good," performed by Miracle Legion, Warner Chappell Music Ltd./Mr. Myxplyxtlyx Music, courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
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SONGS
"My House," performed by Chris Kowanko, EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Walk Rudy Music, courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
"Hard To Get," performed by Starclub, Island Music Ltd., courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
"So Good," performed by Miracle Legion, Warner Chappell Music Ltd./Mr. Myxplyxtlyx Music, courtesy of Morgan Creek Records
"Taste," performed by Auto & Cherokee, Miracle Creek Music, Inc./Apple Children Music
"I Want You Back," performed by Cry Charity, Hot Lobster Music/Screen Gems - EMI Music Inc., courtesy of Morgan Creek Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
2 April 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 2 April 1993
Production Date:
began 24 September 1992
Copyright Claimant:
Morgan Creek Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 May 1993
Copyright Number:
PA613595
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex® Cameras by Panavision®
Prints
Eastman Film Stocks
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32343
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Unable to find a suitable apartment in Seattle, Washington, journalist Nick Elliot drives to the suburbs, where he sees a sign advertising an available guest house belonging to frequent business travelers Liv and Cliff Forrester. After quickly accepting the property, he begins work renovating, and his presence attracts the attention of the Forresters’ fourteen-year-old daughter, Darian. On his first day as a writer at Pique magazine, Nick is chastised for showing up late and assigned to work on a dead-end story. One night, Darian visits Nick in the guesthouse and flirtatiously asks questions about his investigation. She returns the next morning while Nick is in the shower to give him a gift and invites him to her parents’ party later that week. Nick reluctantly attends the celebration and, feeling out of place among the high-society guests, seeks out Darian. She reveals she sneaked into the guesthouse and rewrote the article that earned praise from Nick’s boss. At her insistence, Nick takes Darian to a coastal lighthouse and forgives her for the intrusion. The girl explains she struggles to make friends because she was forced to skip grades in school. She kisses him, but he pulls away and insists they return home. Although Nick becomes distracted by Darian’s constant looming presence, he strikes up a friendship with his co-worker, Amy Maddik. During a barbeque one weekend, Amy becomes concerned about Darian’s obvious “crush” on Nick. After receiving a cryptic telephone call from Darian, Nick searches for her inside the main house. In her room, he finds a heart-shaped pillow embroidered with his and Darian’s initials, and hides in the closet while she ... +


Unable to find a suitable apartment in Seattle, Washington, journalist Nick Elliot drives to the suburbs, where he sees a sign advertising an available guest house belonging to frequent business travelers Liv and Cliff Forrester. After quickly accepting the property, he begins work renovating, and his presence attracts the attention of the Forresters’ fourteen-year-old daughter, Darian. On his first day as a writer at Pique magazine, Nick is chastised for showing up late and assigned to work on a dead-end story. One night, Darian visits Nick in the guesthouse and flirtatiously asks questions about his investigation. She returns the next morning while Nick is in the shower to give him a gift and invites him to her parents’ party later that week. Nick reluctantly attends the celebration and, feeling out of place among the high-society guests, seeks out Darian. She reveals she sneaked into the guesthouse and rewrote the article that earned praise from Nick’s boss. At her insistence, Nick takes Darian to a coastal lighthouse and forgives her for the intrusion. The girl explains she struggles to make friends because she was forced to skip grades in school. She kisses him, but he pulls away and insists they return home. Although Nick becomes distracted by Darian’s constant looming presence, he strikes up a friendship with his co-worker, Amy Maddik. During a barbeque one weekend, Amy becomes concerned about Darian’s obvious “crush” on Nick. After receiving a cryptic telephone call from Darian, Nick searches for her inside the main house. In her room, he finds a heart-shaped pillow embroidered with his and Darian’s initials, and hides in the closet while she undresses for a shower, unaware that Darian knows he is watching her. On his way out, he runs into Cliff, who asks him to help carry some boxes to the attic. There, Cliff shows off the carnival carousel he has reconstructed as a childhood toy for Darian. One afternoon, Nick attempts to tell Darian they can only be friends, but she reminds him of his previous voyeurism. Later, Nick confronts the Forresters about the suspicion that Darian vandalized his car, but the girl denies responsibility. Afterward, Darian’s only friend, Cheyenne, asks to speak with Nick after her horse riding lesson. Suspicious, Darian improperly mounts Cheyenne’s saddle, causing her to fall and break her arm. While preparing an important work presentation, Nick realizes his computer files have been erased and discovers a secret room in the garage that contains a candle-lit shrine Darian built for him. Vigorously attempting to rewrite his work, Nick ignores Darian’s dozens of telephone calls and has his locks replaced. He makes arrangements to move, but the landlady informs him the new property will not be available until the following week. As his relationship with Amy turns romantic, the woman dismisses Darian for asking questions about their sex life. Later, Darian locks Amy inside her private darkroom and fills the ventilation fans with wasps, sending her to the hospital. At her horse riding competition, Darian gloats to Cheyenne that Amy’s accident brought her closer to Nick. Afterward, she barges in on a fundraiser for Pique magazine and causes a disturbance by pretending to be Nick’s bitter girlfriend. Nick’s luck worsens when he discovers that Darian has sabotaged his new apartment lease by telling the landlady he is a drug dealer. Upon arriving home, he is arrested for sexually assaulting a minor. Darian tells police he beat her, and the interrogating officer informs Nick they have evidence she was raped. Nick theorizes that Darian orchestrated the claim by stealing a used condom from his trash bin. Before he can be formally charged, Nick returns home and packs to leave. Suddenly, Cheyenne arrives and tells Nick about Rick, a camp counselor Darian poisoned after he rejected her romantic advances. After Cheyenne leaves, she sneaks into the main house. Hearing music from across the yard, Nick crosses the property in search of Cheyenne. He ascends to Darian’s room, decorated with another shrine and a note reading, “Please forgive me.” Darian attacks him with a gardening tool and pushes him over the balcony. Moments before she can kill him, however, Darian’s parents arrive home, and the girl flees to the attic. Nick revives and slowly follows, finding Cheyenne tied to the carousel. Darian jumps from the shadows and again attacks Nick, screaming until Cliff reaches them. Darian knocks her father unconscious and Nick punches her in the face, sending her flying across the room. Sometime later, Nick moves into a new apartment with Amy, and Darian writes him apologetic letters from a mental institution, where she has developed a new crush on her sympathetic doctor. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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