The Crush (1993 film)

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The Crush
Directed by Alan Shapiro
Produced by James G. Robinson
Gary Barber
Written by Alan Shapiro
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Bruce Surtees
Edited by Ian Crafford
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
April 2, 1993
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million
Box office $13,609,396 (United States)

The Crush is a 1993 American thriller film written and directed by Alan Shapiro, which stars Cary Elwes as Nick Eliot and Alicia Silverstone as Adrian Forrester, in her feature film debut. It was filmed on location from 24 September 1992 to 20 November 1992[1] in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In editing the film for broadcast TV, the character of Darian's name was changed to Adrian after a lawsuit against Shapiro by the real-life Darian Forrester.[2] The VHS and laserdisc versions of the film still use the original name, but DVD releases and later cable TV airings also change the name to Adrian. The plot of The Crush was based on an actual incident involving the neighbor of writer Shapiro.[3]


Arriving in Seattle, Washington, writer Nick Eliot (Cary Elwes) secures a job at Pique magazine and lodging in a guest house belonging to Cliff and Liv Forrester (Kurtwood Smith and Gwynyth Walsh). The handsome Nick soon makes the acquaintance of the Forrester's 14-year-old daughter Darian (Alicia Silverstone), a precocious girl who develops an intense attraction to him. She secretly helps Nick by sneaking into his room and rewriting one of his Pique stories, which subsequently wins a rave from his editor/boss, Michael (Matthew Walker). At a party thrown by the Forresters, Nick agrees to accompany the lonely girl on a nighttime drive to a romantic spot, where she kisses him.

This intensifies Darian's crush on Nick, but he quickly wises up and attempts to put her off, having begun a budding romance with coworker Amy (Jennifer Rubin). Darian continues to boldly pursue him, even going so far as to undress in his view while he is hiding in her closet. Nick, however, continues to rebuff her advances, and Darian's actions become destructive. She defaces a car he's restored and erases his computer discs, yet he's unable to convince Cliff and Liv of what's going on. Cheyenne (Amber Benson), a friend of Darian who tries to warn Nick about her, meets with an "accident" at the riding school they attend together. After Darian spies on Nick in bed with Amy, she locks Amy in her darkroom and empties a wasps' nest into the vents. Amy survives, and Nick, now convinced that Darian is big trouble, attempts to find new lodging. However, Darian manages to sabotage his efforts. She accuses him of sexually assaulting her with "evidence" obtained from a used condom from Nick's trash, leading to his arrest. After Michael bails him out (and fires him), Nick is met once again by Cheyenne. She informs Nick that she knows he did not do anything to Darian, and that Darian had behaved like this before to a previous crush, a camp counselor named Rick who "accidentally" died by eating something poisonous. Cheyenne also informs Nick of a diary Darian kept that can exonerate him.

When Cheyenne leaves, Nick goes looking for her when he hears strange noises from the Forrester's house. He discovers Cheyenne bound and gagged in the attic, and is confronted by Darian and then an amazed Cliff, who attacks him thinking he is the enemy. Darian, still infatuated, attacks her father, leaving Nick free to subdue her with one punch. Acquitted, Nick goes to live with Amy while Darian, confined to a psychiatric hospital, wishes to express her remorse for what she has done to Nick. Her doctor comments that she is making good progress, unaware she is developing a crush on him now.

Ultimately, she returns to her room in the psychiatric hospital, where she looks at her doctor's wedding photo with an evil glare.



The film was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 26% rating from critics based on 26 reviews and 40% from audiences.[4] In 2016, Shout! Factory released the film on Blu-ray under their Scream Factory label.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Category Person Result
MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Performance Alicia Silverstone Won
Best Villain Alicia Silverstone Won
Most Desirable Female Alicia Silverstone Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Drama Alicia Silverstone Nominated


  1. ^ The Crush Box Office
  2. ^ "Darian Forrester biography". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Name change". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  4. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes ratings". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 

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