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Hush [VHS] (1998)

Jessica Lange , Gwyneth Paltrow , Jonathan Darby  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech, Nina Foch, Debi Mazar
  • Directors: Jonathan Darby
  • Writers: Jonathan Darby, Jane Rusconi
  • Producers: Douglas Wick, Ginny Nugent
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: August 31, 1999
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767815688
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the tradition of Die! Die! My Darling comes this tale of a young heroine made miserable by a lover's eccentric relations. Gwyneth Paltrow plays a New Yorker who marries a handsome boyfriend (Jonathon Schaech) and--following a confidence-shattering encounter with Manhattan crime--moves to his family's thoroughbred ranch. There, the young man's dominating mother (a hammy, Blanche DuBois-like role for Jessica Lange) goes to war with new bride's claim on mama's Oedipal turf. A stock thriller ensues, and while one has a sense of déjà vu about the whole thing, the film is fun for its audacity, its underpinnings of dime-store psychology, and some gothic stereotypes. (Hal Holbrook is perfect as one's fantasy of a country doctor.) --Tom Keogh

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Maternal Love Gone Plumb Mad! June 27, 2004
Format:DVD
"Hush" serves up a down-home southern "charm" that would put Oedipus himself to shame.
Only child, Jackson Baring, played by Johnathan Schaech is the quintessential and clueless man-child mama's boy. His love interest and the first girlfriend he has ever brought home to meet his mama (no wonder!), Helen, played quite off-kilter by Gwyneth Paltrow.
They journey to the Baring's Thoroughbred Horse Farm, Kilronan for Christmas to meet "mama". Jessica Lange, is mama Martha Baring. Lange superbly but quite over the top plays Jackson's demanding, clinging, cross between Queen Jocasta & Blanche Du Bois on crack mama. Martha fawns, flirts, grabs, and kisses on her only baby boy in quite a non-maternal way through most of the film. Martha is obsessed and quite in love with her own son and has done some "doozies" to keep him where she wants him.
Hal Halbrook has a nice couple of scenes as obstetrician, Dr. Franklin Hill and ol' dame, Nina Foch (Spartacus, The Ten Commandments, Scaramouche) turns in a terrific performance as Great Aunt Alice Baring that has been on to Martha for years and knows exactly what she is capable of.
Torture, drugging, murder, lust & incestuous thoughts and deeds ensue! A great thriller with decent performances and a strong storyline all the way around.
Happy Watching and Be Careful Of Those Momster-In-Laws!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WISH THERE WAS A DIRECTOR'S CUT... June 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I'm a HUGE Johnathon Schaech fan, I watch everything he's in, good or bad. I've seen Hush about a dozen times, and I've finally noticed something. In the trailer for the movie (which is on my DVD of FINDING GRACELAND) there's so much more to the movie that's missing from the actual cut we see...including a huge fire, someone being taken out of the house on a stretcher, and Johnathon standing in front of an ambulance, holding up a locket (resembling the one Gwynneth wears in the movie.) So I rewatched the movie and noted that in ALL scenes that Jackson's father is mentioned, Gwynneth's wearing a wig...leading me to believe the whole story was changed...rewritten to include this story of a father who was killed by Jessica Lange. ...this movie had so much potential and lost it all with this ending. I WISH THEY'D RELEASE A DIRECTOR'S CUT! At least we could see some of that good action they enticed us with in the trailer! Until there's a director's cut....this movie only gets 3 stars from me!
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hush Hush Sweet Gwyneth August 24, 2001
Format:DVD
Poor Jessica Lange. She must have needed money REALLY bad to do this warmed-over Southern-Fried gothic. But she looks as if she is having the time of her life doing it: she's equal parts Blanche DuBois, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Electra, with a little bit of Dorothy Malone on top. She runs around for the whole of the movie wolfing down whiskey and looking at Johnathon Schaech as if she'd like to take a bite out of him and at Gwyneth Paltrow as if she'd like to bite her too (not for the same reason, though). The wafer-thin plot has Jessica's Mommie Dearest plotting to keep `ole Johnnie down on the farm and breed, then get rid of Paltrow. Since Schaech plays the biggest dunderhead in the Western hemisphere, and Gwynnie is, well, Gwynnie, nobody tumbles to the fact that Mommie is the baddie here `till the last reel. Nobody except Nina Foch, the only bright spot in the movie as Jessica's Mother-in-law, laid up in a nursing home. (Jessica's two scenes with Nina really crackle) This despite the fact that for seemingly the last hour of the movie, mad Mommie is running all over the house trying to stick poor Gwynnie with a syringe full of opiates (anything to get her to stop whining!) As a matter of fact, Gwynnie is the only problem here, her wan, colorless portrayal of the in-danger daughter-in-law is so unbearably grating that you long for Jessica to hit her with a lamp. The only interesting part of her performance is when at the end, where she shows a side to her character that is a lot closer to Mommie than you would think. Ah well. The scenery is gorgeous, most of the principals are as well, and if you can just sort of sit back and enjoy it in a big-budget William Castle kind of way, you'll have a good time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars c'mon its not that bad a movie! July 19, 2003
By jb
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those campy movies thats so bad its good. the reason i watched it is becasue jessica lange is one of my favorite actresses. she plays an overbearing mother who tries to kill her sons wife played by the revolting gywneth paltrow. Jessica Lange played the part so right it was downright campy. when i saw the movie in the theater and it showed jessica lange's shadow with the needle people were laughing. thats just the type of movie it is. and like another reviewer, i noticed differences in the trailer and this version which leads me to believe they changed the ending. the preview showed jessica lange slapping gywneth which didnt happen.
in fact gywneth paltrows character was so pathetic i was rooting for jessica lange the whole time.. sorry. i just wanted jessica to haul off and smack gywneth to shut her up. and the whole end scene was just crazy. you can tell they changed the ending. iwould like to see the original ending! nina foch also played it good as the grandmother of jessica's son. all in all a fun campy movie but i would like to see the directors cut also!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 2 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars HUSH
THIS IS A FANTASTIC MOVIE ABOUT THE MOTHER WANTING TO STAY IN CONTROL OVER HER SON BUT THE WIFE PUTS IT DOWN YOU JUST HAVE TO WATCH THIS ONE
Published 4 months ago by DENISE
4.0 out of 5 stars weird
Reminded me of my monster in law!!! Good movie though. Love Jessica Lange, she's still creepy but love her more in American HORROR Story!!!
Published 5 months ago by Stacey.M, CA
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the movie!
I like Jessica Lang and Gwyneth Paltrow very much. The movie is a drama so if you are expecting fast pace action then this is not your movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Smillie
4.0 out of 5 stars Jessica Lange doing her thing!!
Good movie for its time! This is Jessica Lange at her best....pre American Horror Story!! She can play one twisted B@(CH!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by MCW1173
5.0 out of 5 stars Hush
I saw this movie a long time ago and even though it's kind of simple kind of movie something about it I just love. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Danika Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This movie is one of my favorites. It keeps me on the edge of my seat watching this story unfold.
Published 13 months ago by Ellen Smartt
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
i have been looking for this movie for about two years now and i am glad that i found it here, thank you all so very much......
Published 15 months ago by lady-dee kestler
4.0 out of 5 stars Shhhh...
Firstly let me just say that Jessica Lange has 'crazy' down to a science. She's got this oldschool southern flare that makes her 'crazy' that much more entertaining. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Zombie Hunter 2.0
1.0 out of 5 stars Sound quality
The sound quality was bad. I ordered 3 movies though amazon instant watch, and the sound quality sucked. I will not purchase fr amazon anymore.
Published 17 months ago by Cara
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