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Hush (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 6 March 1998 (USA)
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A couple with jobs and apartment in NYC, decide to move to his mom's farm, get married and have the baby there. They can also make the changes to get a better price for the farm. However, there's something seriously wrong with his mom.

Director:

Jonathan Darby

Writers:

Jonathan Darby (story), Jonathan Darby (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Martha Baring
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Helen Baring
Johnathon Schaech ... Jackson Baring
Nina Foch ... Alice Baring
Debi Mazar ... Lisa
Kaiulani Lee Kaiulani Lee ... Sister O'Shaughnessy
David Thornton ... Gavin
Hal Holbrook ... Dr. Franklin Hill
Richard Lineback ... Hal Bentall
Richard Kohn Richard Kohn ... Clayton Richards
Faith Potts Faith Potts ... Georgina Richards
Tom Story Tom Story ... Priest
Jolene Carroll Jolene Carroll ... Church Warden
Jacob Press Jacob Press ... Usher
Joe Inscoe ... Doctor
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Storyline

Helen is the young girlfriend of good-looking Jackson Baring. When Helen gets pregnant and marries Jackson, they decide to move to his family farm, Kilronan, and have a baby there. But his mother Martha, who lives there, starts to do weird things, and obviously she's not too friendly to Helen. Written by Anonymous

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Don't Breathe A Word See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodline See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,742,431, 8 March 1998

Gross USA:

$13,513,622
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TriStar Pictures See more »
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SDDS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie was completed in 1996 but not released until two years later. See more »

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When Helen and Alice are at the retirement home feeding ducks, the shot pulls out and you can see the ducks in the pond at the bottom of the screen. They are swimming in backwards circles suggesting the shot was originally moving in, not out and was reversed. See more »

Quotes

Martha Baring: You show a lot of potential for a city girl
Helen: Thank you. You are an excellent liar
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As I Walked Out One Evening
Written by W.H. Auden (1938)
Used by permission of Curtis Brown Ltd.
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Creepy but good quality
16 August 2007 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

Jackson Baring takes his girlfriend Helen to his family's horse farm Kilronin. Jackson's mother Martha has been running the place but would like her son to take over. Jackson and Helen are living together in New York City and are reluctant to leave that life. But Helen somehow gets pregnant, even though she was using birth control, and the two get married and eventually do take over the farm.

Jackson blames himself for his father's death when he was 7. Martha knows the truth but won't tell him, and she seems to have an unnatural relationship with her son. It's almost as if she sees his father and wants to be with him in that way. And she sees the baby as a means of continuing the legacy, but not a child to be loved, at least not in the way most people would. Her treatment of Helen is strange, as if Helen is only useful until the baby is born, and then she will be in the way.

The ending is exciting and sort of creepy at the same time.

Jessica Lange does a fine job here as Jackson's overly controlling and demented mother. However, Nina Foch gives the standout performance as Jackson's grandmother, who is kept in a fancy nursing home because only she knows the truth about how her son died.

I think all the leading actors did a good job here. I usually can't stand Debi Mazar, who was a co-worker to Helen and possibly her boss, but I would like to have seen more of her here. But if Helen had to move out of New York, I guess keeping her job was out of the question.

I suppose my favorite scene was the one where Helen gets out of bed naked and meets her mother-in-law for the first time. That one was edited for TV in such a way it seemed kind of jerky and I didn't get to see much, but a lot depends on how one sees this movie.

It's not typical of what I like in a movie, but still entertaining.


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