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Crimes of Passion Details


Joanna Crane ([[Performer~P72173~Kathleen Turner~kathleenturner]]) is a cold, workaholic sportswear designer, divorced and dedicated only to her job. Once strapped into that role, Joanna looks for an "out" and finds it by donning a wig and hitting the pavement as a $50/trick hooker named China Blue. Explicit scenes show her at work on her night job, including a long S and M segment with a policeman. While making money as China Blue, Joanna runs into a menacing, fanatic preacher ([[Performer~P106120~Anthony Perkins~anthonyperkins]]) who is out to save her from this life of sin, but in the meantime, he is also busy watching nude girly shows. As China Blue and the sexually ambivalent Reverend heat up their relationship, he becomes difficult to read: is this psycho reverend a killer? While China Blue is plying her trade, Bobby Grady ([[Performer~P40756~John Laughlin~johnlaughlin]]) has finally realized after 12 years of marriage that his wife Amy ([[Performer~P57472~Annie Potts~anniepotts]]) is frigid and just as he has this remarkably delayed insight, he is assigned by Joanna's boss to find out if she is stealing designs or not. By tracking Joanna, Bobby sees her transformation as China Blue and as might be expected, sex is not far behind. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:October 19, 1984


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Kathleen Turner Best Actress 1984 Winner


Kathleen Turner
as Joanna Crane/China Blue
Anthony Perkins
as Rev. Peter Shayne
John Laughlin
as Bobby Grady
Annie Potts
as Amy Grady
Bruce Davison
as Donny Hopper
Thomas Murphy
as Phil Chambers
Louise Sorel
as Claudia
Pat McNamara
as Frank
Ian Petrella
as Jimmy's Friend
James Crittenden
as Tom Marshall
Pamela Anderson
as Hooker
Lisa Hayslip
as Hooker
Janice Kent
as Patty Marshall
Molly Russell
as Little Girl in Music Video
Gerald O'Loughlin
as Ben
Norman Burton
as Lou Bateman
Deanna Oliver
as Group Member No. 4
Peggy Feury
as Adrian
Seth Wagerman
as Jimmy Grady
Joseph Chapman
as Walt Pierson
Randall Brady
as Cop
Vince McKewin
as Group Member No. 3
Stephen Lee
as Jerry


Ken Russell
Barry Sandler
Barry Sandler
Dick Bush
Norman Gimbel
Rick Wakeman
Composer (Music Score)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Donald P. Borchers
Larry Thompson
Executive Producer
Gregory Melton
Set Decorator
Ruth Myers
Costume Designer
Christopher Amy
Set Decorator
Bob Manning
Production Manager
Linda Francis