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Crush [DVD]

Andie MacDowell , Imelda Staunton , John McKay    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor, Kenny Doughty, Bill Paterson
  • Directors: John McKay
  • Producers: Lee Thomas
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AL6AQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If you can get over its slightly far-fetched storyline, there's a lot of heart in Crush. Three longstanding friends--Kate, the American headmistress (Andie MacDowell), Janine the police inspector (Imelda Staunton) and Molly, an acerbic, thrice-divorced GP (Anna Chancellor)--meet up each week to drown their sorrows with gin and cigarettes, with a prize box of caramels for the one who can report the most disastrous love life. It's this failure with men that has cemented their friendship, for in all other respects they're very different personalities. The cracks begin to show when Kate has a fling, developing into a love affair, with an ex-student 15 years her junior. When she announces that she's going to marry the sensitive and sexy Jed (fresh-faced Kenny Doughty, of whom we'll undoubtedly be seeing more), Molly and Janine are determined to put a stop to such foolishness.

We soon discover that, for all their raunchy talk, they're hidebound by convention, shocked by the difference in age and status and fuelled by jealousy. Their actions spark off a disastrous chain of events that give a vital grittiness to the film. Visually, it's a bit like stepping into a Trollope novel (Joanna, not Anthony), all Cotswold stone, clergy and quaint streets. But the strong dialogue and the conviction of performances from the three main characters (cast to excellent effect) make Crush a deeply absorbing, bittersweet film.

On the DVD: Crush is a good DVD package: not only do we have sharp sound and well-defined colour that brings out the best of the picturesque setting, but the extras are well put together. As well as theatrical trailer and scene selections, there's 25 minutes' worth of interviews with cast and director, a behind-the-scenes feature, a brief but riveting deleted scene, a featurette on the storyline, and the option to watch the film with or without the director's commentary, which is very enlightening. There are also details of other Film Four releases. --Harriet Smith

Product Description

Headmistress Kate (Andie MacDowell), police officer Janine (Imelda Staunton), and medical doctor Molly (Anna Chancellor) all live in the same English village and meet regularly for dinner. However, their friendship is thrown into disarray when Kate starts dating Jed (Kenny Doughty), one of her former pupils. Janine and Molly both do their best to sabotage the relationship, but events quickly get out of control.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 29 Mar 2003
By A Customer
It may not be everyones cup of tea, and yes it's a bit of a chick flick, but I loved this. One of those romantic, dreamy comedy/dramas that is so easy to watch, although at the end there is an unexpected twist. It's escapism, set in a perfect Cotswold village with immaculatly dressed, attractive characters. The storyline may be a bit far fetched, with the gorgeous Andi McDowell struggling to find love but if you just want to sit back with a glass of wine and have a relaxing evening it's near perfect.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving!! 23 Oct 2004
By A.Chow
This is a brillant, beautiful movie which is true to its word; it makes me laugh and cry. I can't believe this movie didn't do well at the box office!!!! Will definitely let all my girlfriends know about this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the worst 'British' film ever... 13 Dec 2008
The only thing I can say for this is that it is not as bad as 'Death At A Funeral' or whatever the last great 'Four Weddings And A Funeral' rip-off was called. What is it with this genre of British film? Andie MacDowell seems to spend more of her life in ancient English churches than the Archbishop of Canterbury. If you think referring to an 'organ' is funny you may laugh once and watch it 'til the end but you'll feel hollow and used in the morning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice surprise!!! 24 Feb 2009
Just a brief note (as there are no other reviews here for a re-release version!!). I got this film on rental (I'm not even sure how it got on my list in the first place, I got it and thought - 'why the hell...!!!' - must have been another one of those bored afternoons at work adding ONLY 4+ star movies to my rental list ha ha as you do...!!). Anyway I stuck it on half-heartedly tonight to keep me half entertained and WOW - loved it!!!!! Really raw and passionate. I love films like that. That don't spell it out for you. So tender and warm and funny even and quite explicit in places. But wow - I am soooooo going to buy this film. And it's truly rare I say that!!!!! Where has this movie been hiding for 8 years!?!?!? Buy it!!!! Wonderful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This made me so angry! 14 Aug 2007
Yes this is a chick lit film. Yes its a story of female friendship and the importance of friends. Yes the friendship survives the trauma - but, but but. That poor man! She is ashamed of him, hides the relationship from most people, doesn't defend him, and then, when - I won't spoil it - the bad thing happens - she continues to deny him, and I imagine, will for ever more. More than that, the friends who destroy what she had are still her bosom buddies at the end. Well shame on her. I was annoyed with myself for watching to the end - but then I kept assuming she'd come through, show a little honesty, take a position - I love this man so sod the lot of you would have done me!
A minor point - Ms McDowell is not the world's best actress - she does pretty well here but there are a few times when her lines fall so flat - Anna Chancellor and Imelda Staunton (and wossisname - you see even I haven't remembered who he is!) are great. In fact wossisname (wasn't he the big brother in Billy Elliott) is brill - what 40+ year old wouldn't want him!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for Kenny Doughtys naked gluteus maximi 14 Mar 2014
By BigAl82
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And on that respect it delivers. Other than that this film is ok. I didn't hate it. The acting is good. It's a little sad in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crush 10 May 2013
By Colin
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Having viewed this light hearted bittersweet DVD on a couple of occasions featuring three middle age women Anna Chancellor, Imelda Staunton and Andie MacDowell in a small English town meet weekly for a little ritual and swapped stories. When Anna Chancellor's character had a fling with a younger man. Only for the other women couldn't simply be happy for the couple's love life. In jealousy they promptly take it upon themselves to break up the pair, taking drastic measures which result in unintended outcomes, some happy and some tragic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crush 15 Feb 2013
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Bought it for a friend and she really likes it. Thanks, will be back for more. Lovely present to give.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your time
Found this DVD when I was sorting some stuff out,it was afree copy from the Mail on Sunday, about right! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs R Jubb
1.0 out of 5 stars crushed
No redeeming features whatsoever. Dire.How Staunton got roped into this one beggars belief.As for Mcdowell, this film must be the tinfoil crowning moment of her career.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Nicolas Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good film
This is a really good film that is good escapism. Not for Children - adult themes - but enjoyable considering the sad part.
Published 20 months ago by Wally
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, sad and romantic all together.
Especially for women: you must see this. Andie McDowell is brilliant as always and the story is very funny, sad and romantic all together. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2012 by Xavier De Blocq
3.0 out of 5 stars Devonshire lass
Love all 3 actresses, but this film didn't quite do it for me... don't know why, as the storyline was fairly good, but possibly could have been deeper..... the spark was missing... Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Devonshire lass.
2.0 out of 5 stars crush
boring not a great storyline one of the worst films i have seen in a while. dont waste your time or money chick flick its not.
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by caz
5.0 out of 5 stars Crush
Just watched this film as I bought it on video at a local charity shop three weeks ago for 50p. Not being able to sleep, 6.30 in the morning I decided to watch it and glad I did. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by Delores
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, funny, light
If you're looking for well written, with excellent characters and a parallel type story construction to say Four Weddings, here it is. Read more
Published on 20 April 2009 by B. M. Walker
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