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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Graham
Kenny Griffith
Katie Graham
Jennifer Katz ...
Maryann (as Jennifer J. Katz)
James A. Earley ...
Jack Graham (as James Earley)
Robert Bray ...
Michael Graham
Laura O'Reilly ...
Lisa Graham
Tim Loftus ...
Michael Ellison ...
Salvador Castillo ...
Drug Dealer
Michael Philip Anthony ...
Casting Director #1
Jack Pesin ...
Casting Director #1 Voice (voice)


An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, David's home life is falling apart. As he tries to cope with the impossible situation, the troubled and impressionable teenager falls under the spell of Kenny, a georgous, thirty-something, has-been actor turned theatre coach. When Kenny's "support" escalates into seduction, David slowly decends into an abyss of drinking and drug addition from which he must escape if he is to survive. CRUTCH is a dramatic tale of the confusion of youth and the difficulties in finding oneself. Written by Anonymous

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A young man... His teacher...Crossing boundries

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Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use


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17 September 2004 (USA)  »

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$420,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Errol Flynn and W.C. Fields action upon John Barrymore's death story is said to be true in the film. Experts say it is not. Here is the story from Errol Flynn biographer Louis Kraft: "Sorry, but it is yet another telling of a legend based upon fiction, Russ Williams, and one that I have not heard before. Someone got inventive with what supposedly happened. Flynn was close to Barrymore, and I believe looked up to him (certainly Barrymore's 'Don Juan' played a part in Flynn wanting to play the great lover and swordsman on film). ... Flynn, Barrymore, Fields, the artist John Decker, and Sadakichi Hartmann often met to drink, tell tales, and discuss any and everything, along with playing jokes; Flynn was closest to Decker and Barrymore. When Barrymore died in 1942, Flynn and director Raoul Walsh were at Flynn's 'Mulholland Farm,' his great house overlooking the San Fernando Valley, drinking. John Decker, who was supposedly with Barrymore in the hospital, arrived and told them the news. Decker, who had supposedly been up for almost 24 hours, left to go to bed, Flynn supposedly received a phone call from his lawyer and left to sign paperwork. Before leaving he asked Walsh (who was close to him) to stay, and that he wouldn't be gone long. After Flynn left, Walsh decided to go to the mortuary, He knew one of the owners, as he was a former actor, and asked if he could borrow Barrymore's body for a crippled friend to see him one last time. The owner (Dick Malloy?) agreed, dressed the corpse, and helped Walsh get Barrymore into his car. After arriving at Flynn's house, Walsh got Flynn's man, Alex, who had gone a bender the day before (his day off) and hadn't sobered up yet, to help him get Barrymore into the house and propped up where he liked to sit on the couch in the living room. As hungover as he was, Alex commented that Barrymore looked dead; Walsh supposedly said that he was just dead drunk. After a while Flynn returned home, entered the house and saw Walsh sitting across from Barrymore. He did an about face and screamed as he raced out of the house and hid behind a bush. When Walsh stepped outside Flynn accused him of doing what he had done. Still, Flynn stayed behind the bush until Alex helped Walsh get Barrymore back into his car drove away to the mortuary. The above story is Walsh's retelling of the 'Barrymore episode' (from his autobiography 'Each Man in His Time,' 1974). Flynn told the story first in his autobiography, 'My Wicked, Wicked Ways' (1959). In Flynn's retelling Barrymore is in chair in Flynn's den holding a drink. This time he is alone, but Flynn again flees from his house. Walsh and his cohorts, who had hidden, had to race after him. Buster Wiles, a stunt man and great pal of Flynn, told another version of Barrymore's death. That night he, Walsh and Flynn ate dinner at Gracie Allen and George Burns' house. Jack Benny and wife, among others were also present. A phone call announced the death. Later, they sat outside drinking to 'Jack' Barrymore and discussed bribing the mortuary to have the body released to them while they got drunk. Wiles claims that he pointed out that if they did and it became public news knowledge, there would be a possibility that their films might be banned by churches and other do-gooders. Nothing happened. Flynn's best biographer to date, Thomas McNulty ('Errol Flynn: The Life and Career,' 2004) shares the various stories while not going into detail until he describes a 1977 interview with Wiles (above). He is certain that the Flynn/Barrymore/Walsh [and W.C. Fields] event is a Hollywood legend and just fiction. And I know that various retelling [versions] of the story have been printed in magazines numerous times over the years, as I have several of them. ... I agree with Tom McNulty, who is a good friend of mine." See more »


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Great movie, horrible DVD.
3 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie itself deserves a higher rating, however the poor quality DVD compression lowers the score.

First, the movie! It's fantastic! It's human in every way... beautiful, horrifying, heart aching, wrenching, tender, flawed, alluring, endearing and intense. Rob Moretti has created a dramatic whirlwind of emotion that elevates his film leagues above the pantheon of other coming-out / coming-of-age films. Thankfully, clichés are out the window and typical composite caricatures are not on Moretti's menu. We get humans in all their faded, rough, raw and yet stunning glory utilized to tell a life's story of hard-hitting realism as a young and impressionable teenager is taken advantage of by an older, more experienced man. From their flirtatious first meeting to their horrific parting of ways and every scorching moment between, we are privy to Moretti's life in a fascinating, voyeuristic way. The lead performances are amazing! Eben Gordon, Rob Moretti and Juanita Walsh are true standouts; their performances are human, gripping and visually arresting as we are treated to such rare and believable nuances of character it's like watching a documentary. I simply cannot wait for Moretti's next film! Now, the down side. Unfortunately movies of this caliber rarely see more then one DVD pressing… Hollywood thinks that America is more interested in mega special editions of the latest cheese-fest starring Tom Cruise (and who can deny those box office numbers, America has never as a whole had very good taste). Therefore it is utterly disappointing to see such a spectacular film get such horrible treatment. The compression is so poor that it's distracting while watching the film. Compression artifacts are abound; pixelation aplenty and colors are off. There are ghost images, blacks are muted and details are lost. Upon close inspection I discovered that the DVD compression company greatly disserviced the film, its creators, performers and audience by cheaply utilizing only half of the available space on the disc resulting in a sub-par movie experience. Worst of all, we get a non-anamorphic transfer to a 2.31:1 image. In this day and age of advanced televisions and players there is simply no excuse to offer non-anamorphic DVDs. Combine that with such a shotty transfer and it undermines the very foundation of the medium and is tantamount to spitting in the face of the intended consumer. With a $24.99 suggested retail price one certainly expects much better quality. This is truly disappointing!

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