The Crush

Synopsis: Nick Eliot, a 28 year old newspaper reporter moves in the guest house of the Forresters'. Everything goes fine until he meets Adrienne, the Forresters' only child, a 14 year old girl. She develops a crush on him. When he ignores her advances, she's rebuffed and willing to kill him.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Alan Shapiro
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min


I was wondering

if I could see the guest house.

I just got out here.

You work mostly at home?

Uh-huh. I really need

the peace and quiet.

This is so great.

I'm always in court.

My husband Cliffspends

more time in airports than at home.

We'd both feel better

ifthere was someone around.

[Piano Playing]

I'll take it.

Great. It's a little

run-down on the inside,

but there's plenty ofspare furniture

in the garage.

Help yourselfto anything you'd like.

[Piano Plays]

That's my daughter, Adrian.

Oh, I think we met...

out front on the street.


She seemed very, uh...

Headstrong is what I call it,

but I'm sure you two

will get along fiine.

=Just like a toy =

= I was waitin' foryou =

= But you never came =

= And I found myselfalone... =


Get down.

What's the big deal?

My parents rented out

the guest house to some guy.

Check him out.

Ifyou're not back

in fiive minutes,

I'll radio for air support.

= I waited foryou =

= But you never came =

= On the way back to my house =

= I had to hesitate =

Who goes there?


Identify yourself.

Friend or foe?


= Some time today... =

You got a name?


Oh, Injun, huh?

Hippie parents.



= Should I speak =

= When I saw that man? =

= I think I saw that face =

= I would like to give you more =

= I heard that's what

we're all here for ==


Well, he's okay.

Kind ofcool.


Hi. I'm Nick Eliot.

I'm here to see Michael.

Nick Eliot?

You're late.

It's not even 8:

Monday meeting starts at 8:1 5.

What I'm concerned about

is the focus on this.

Go on.

You've got to do it.

Oh, okay,

what are you working on right now?

Oh, I'm still

researching the article.

New here?

I can tell.

All right.

Let's get down to business.

Tanya Terrel on the cover.

Ifshe wants to expose herself,

I'll oblige her.

I need more pictures,

but keep the text under 1 ,000 words.

The Senate arms deal is dead.

The weeklies are beating it to death.

Now, Nicholas Eliot,

Monday's staff meetings

begin at 8:
1 5 precisely.

I expect everyone to be here.

Oh, ahem, my apologies.

I, uh, just got into town.

Do you really think

I don't know who you are?

Your former superiors describe you

as an excellent researcher

with fair writing skills.

You were described as a pit bull

when you're on the scent.

That's precisely why I hired you.

What do you know

about Robert Levansky?

Hejust got out ofjail

and refuses to talk to the press.

He embezzled almost $2 billion,

500 million ofwhich

remains unaccounted for.

Dig up everything you can.

Reporters have been

on that for months.

It's a black hole.

I'll expect something by Friday.

Maddik, track Eliot.

If he fiinds anything,

I want pictures.

Is he always like this?

Sometimes he's in a bad mood.


= And every day =

= Must I =

= Wait on you hand and foot? =

= On the way past, I =

= One time when you made me

feel so good... =

So how much are they paying you

to watch me?

= Ribbons in your hair... =

Just renting the guest house.


= They were never there =

=Just like a subscription... =

Why are you doing that?

Well, I'm gonna have her painted

now that I can fiinally afford it.

So, uh...

Fox hunt? Polo?

No. I'm schoolingjumpers.

I'll be the youngest in my class

to go to Nationals.


Sounds ambitious.

Yeah, well...

ifonly my ride would show,

maybe I could get to practice.

= This one will never mend =

= To show before a friend ==

Hello. Mario Analdi?

Hi. Nick Eliot.

Pique magazine.

Could you answer

a few questions for us?

You used to work

for the Levansky family,

is that right?

I think we have something.


Very attractive.

Oh, this?

Helps me think.


Come in, come in.

So what are you doing?

Ooh, pretty dry stuff, really.

You wouldn't be interested.

Try me.

Okay. ever hear

of Robert Levansky?

The arbitrage guy

who stole a lot of money.

Allegedly stole.

Uh, anyway,

I found his chauffeur.

He told me that

he regularly drove Levansky

up to a house in Knollwood.

Seems Levansky had a...


You mean a lover?


Well, yeah, yeah.

Yes, um...

It turns out this woman

flew to Geneva

six times last year.

Swiss bank accounts loaded

with the missing cash.

You sure you're only 1 4?

Almost 1 5.

Isn't it way past your bedtime?





So, um... whose pool?

That's Rockford's.

They're in Maine.

Guess they keep it

lit up for burglars.

Now, who would want

to steal a pool?

[Water Running]

[Door Closes]


[Adrian] Hi!

You know, most people knock.

I did.

You didn't hear.

Is this you?

Mm-hmm. That is me

and David Cummings.


He's one ofthe great reporters

of his generation.

At one time, he had a byline

in every paper

across the country.

He was also my grandfather.

You were so cute.

Can I have it?

It's the only one I have.



You always write on a computer?

I'd be lost without it.

Makes you wonder

how your grandfather got along.

Then again, he wasn't writing

for trendy magazines, was he?

Ha ha ha.

Will you get out of here

and let me get dressed?

I got you something.

Oh, yeah?


Open it and fiind out.



Thankyou, Adrian.

Now I'm late.

Um, you're going to come

to my parents' party

on Saturday night, aren't you?

Uh, I don't know, Adrian.

My mother invited you.

I have a lot ofwork.

It's going to be

all of Mom's boring friends.

I'll try.

Not good enough.

I said I'll try.

Now let me go.

Pretty please?


[Telephone Rings]


Hey, is that your article?

Yeah, itjust came in.


Will you two come on?

Michael's waiting.

Wait a minute.

Wait a minute.

There's something very wrong here.

Good work, Maddik.


Hid in the rose bushes two hours

to get that money shot.


Michael, I'd like to go over that

before you read it.

One ofthe copy editors--

The article's fiine.

Get this to the art department.

We're resetting the whole issue.

You got the cover, Maddik.

You owe it to your friend here.

All right!

Thankyou, sir.

[Intercom Buzzes]

Mr. Siegal's office

isholding on linesix.

Eliot, not only is

your research excellent,

but your text is clean, concise.

You even have some style.


[Music Plays]

What the hell.




Oh, Nick,

I'm so glad you could make it.

Honey, this is Nick.

Nick, this is my husband

Cliff Forrester.

My wife speaks very highly ofyou.

How's everything out back?

Oh, well, it's great, sir.

You have a beautiful place.


You enjoy it.


Honey, look,

there are the Mortins.

I think she's had her eyes done.

Saperstein did her eyes

fiive years ago.


It's her breasts

I was wondering about.

Excuse us, Nick.

Come on.

Hang in there, Nick.

[Piano Playing]

Excuse me.

That was lovely, Adrian.



I knew you'd come.

Ifyou were 1 0 years older...

You'd what?

So how did your boss

like the article?

It was you?

You rewrote it?

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Alan Shapiro

Alan R. Shapiro (born February 18, 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American poet and professor of English and creative writing program at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous poetry books, including Tantalus in Love, Song and Dance, and Dead Alive and Busy. In addition to poetry, Shapiro has also published two personal memoirs, Vigil and The Last Happy Occasion. more…

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