The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California on October 19, 1984 · 113
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The Sacramento Bee from Sacramento, California · 113

Sacramento, California
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Friday, October 19, 1984
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The Sacramento Bee Friday October-19 1984 Weekend Scene 1 3 Hank Williams Jr takes his dad’s fame in vain By David Barton Special to the Bee H ANK WILLIAMS JR may not tower over contemporary country the way his father did (and still does) but he’s gotten as close as anyone since Hank Sr’s death more than 30 years ago With 50 albums to his name as many as nine of them in the top 50 last fall as well as numerous hit singles he is perhaps the most popular country singer of the ’80s But during his two-hour concert at the Memorial Auditorium Tuesday night he gave a performance as unworthy of the Williams name as one can imagine a debacle of cheap pandering contradictory sermonizing and poor musicianship The first line of his opening number was “Daddy died when I was 3” and the rest of the show was dedicated to milking his late great father’s memory for all it was worth This is hardly surprising for Hank Jr’s entire career has been built on simultaneously canonizing his father with cover versions of his father’s songs plus self-penned odes that have come to be known as “Hank songs” and then bemoaning the difficulties of his life as son of the undisputed King of Country It would take a talent of his father’s magnitude to pull off such a colossal contradiction Junior doesn’t have it Besides dedicating songs to his father Junior has become the hero of contemporary hell-raisers and hard-drinkers celebrating the lifes- ‘Crimes of Passion’ is a must-see By George Williams Bee Reviewer tip CRIMES OF PASSION” is a breakthrough movie In the way that Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Last Tango in Paris” with its great performance by Marlon Brando sounded the death knell for sexual male dominance a decade ago — and opened the door for erotic frankness in American movies — Ken Russell’s “Crimes of Passion” with stunning acting by Kathleen Turner mines the pitfalls of the sexual revolution and pushes back the barriers of honest storytelling enough to score a touchdown The movie written by Barry Sandler is about sexual politics in the 1980s about singles and mar- Movie Review CRIMES OF PASSION Cast Kathleen Turner Anthony Perkins John Laughlin Annie Potts Bruce Davison Director Ken Russell Screenplay Barry Sandler Photography: Dick Bush Music Rick Wake-man Distributor- New World Pictures State Sunrise Arden Forty Niner Drive-In Rating R for nudity language simulated sex of virtually all varieties rieds desperate for sexual partners who know about friendship and caring and sharing and loving one another Turner is Joanna Crane a plain-featured hard-working dress designer a loner who seemingly wants nothing to do with men At night she dons a wig and an electric-blue dress and becomes China Blue the No 1 whore in town She works out this schizophrenic life to protect herself from the cruel heartbreak she sees among the relationships of others Anthony Perkins plays Peter Shayne a self-proclaimed preacher of the red-light district who is not above sampling the merchandise in order to experience the object of his scorn He’s an ominous figure and he’s targeted China Blue as his main subject for salvation In his twisted reading of the Golden Rule he sees in her a reflection of himself China Blue meets Bobby Grady (newcomer John Laughlin) an amateur investigator hired to follow Joanna who discovers the designer’s alter ego In her he finds the partner he’s looking for one who can fulfill all of the promise denied by his marriage to his high school sweetheart (Annie Potts) But now that Joanna and Bobby have found each other their pairing is threatened by the Bible-thumping Shayne who is determined to end his self-hate by ridding the world of China Blue Turner is absolutely first-rate in this erotic dynamically provocative role churning up your emotions like gangbusters Under Russell’s direction she realizes many of those fine moments of movie magic when a performer gets into a part so deeply she does the kind of work that seems even to surprise herself She’s able to reach into her ocean of talent and bring out wonderful tides of self-discovery It’s the best performance I've seen all year Perkins is scary and terrifically moving in the preacher role Russell always a controversial filmmaker never dull has in "Crimes of Passion” his best movie — and the one his fans have been waiting for since his wonderful “Women In Love” Russell deals in extremes and this film goes further than any American film I know of in its exploration of eroticism and sexual relationships It’s a don’t-miss tyle that has cost him more than one marriage — and killed his father The irony however seemed lost on his audience of 3800 who hooted Music Review approval of the “values” celebrated in Junior’s ode to excess the huge hit “Family Tradition” Williams’ repeated mentions of Jim Beam liquor throughout the show made one wonder if this tour was in fact sponsored by the distillery as Jovan had sponsored the Stones Perhaps the ugliest and clearest example of Williams’ contradictions in pursuit of audience approval was THIS WttKiNO IN SAP AMtXTQ LIVE THEATER COMEDY TONIGHT 'STAOEDOOR "CHEATERS" By Michael Jacobs Friday & Saturday 8:30 pm Admission $600 Sacramento Inn Plaza Phone 927-0041 SACRAMENTO THEATRE CO FINAL WtIKINO "ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST" THUR-SAT 8 PM SUN 2 PM A 7 PM CABARET THEATRE "THE RAVEN" AND OTHER IMAGES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE THUR-SAT 8 PM SUN 7 PM 443-6722 BOX OFFICE 1STH & H CHAUTAUQUA PLAYERS "AGNES OF GOD" EXTENDED! FRI A SAT 8 00 - NOV 3 6 00 GEN5 00 STUD "THE CAT PRINCESS" SAT 2 002 SO AU TICKETS 24TH ST THEATRE SIERRA 2- 2791 24TH ST 452-3005 RES 10 mg “tat" 08 mq nicotine av per cigarette 7 Warning: The Surgeon General Has Determined That Cigarette Smoking Is Dangerous to Your Health the back-to-back acoustic pairing of two new songs “Attitude Adjustment” and “Mr Lincoln” The first is a cynically comic-talking blues piece that recommends violence as a solution to differences of opinion while the second is a whining patronizing quasi-protest song that condemns violent crime That the two are sung by the same man is a crime against both logic and decency I HE MUSIC WAS little more than adequate on Junior’s gratingly average songs such as "Old Habits" “Di TAKE A BREAK WEEKEND Enjoy Your Relaxed Weekend Visit The Sights Of Santa Clara Valley Enjoy our Pool and Spa LIVE ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY O 408-298-0300 o HYATT SAH JO 1 740 N 1 ST ST b in :iiiifcniii 'nRiniiirririitftliiairiMi nsfr xie on My Mind” “Women I’ve Never Had” and dozens of others but the poorly mixed eight-man band managed a few energetic flashes usually on Hank Williams songs such as “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” the rewed-up “Move It on Over” (Junior pointing out the similarity between it and the later “Rock Around the Clock”) and “Kaw-Liga” tarted up with a ridiculously flaccid disco beat During this finale Junior took off his shirt and pounded absent-mindedly on a tom-tom drum before shooting off an air rifle from atop the piano as two band members DELUXE ROOM FOR 2 NIGHTS ELEGANT DINNER AND BRUNCH FOR 2 PER ROOM PER NIGHT “break-danced” across the stage and the band floundered into the conclusion of Led Zeppelin’s “How Many More Times” If those at the concert heard a ringing in their ears as they went home it wasn’t the volume loud as the show was It was the sound of Hank Williams Sr spinning wildly in his grave UNITED ARTISTS THEATRES BARG MATINEES DAILY 3 Shows Start Prior 5PM Ex SunHoli 1ARDENFAIR0 922 7158 Sacramento ’ ARDEN FAIR MAU j "CRIMES OF PASSION' 1 00-3 1 5-5 20-7:30-9 40 "GREMLINS 12 oo- os-8 to "RED DAWN 1-55-6 oo-io os "EXTERMINATOR II 115-4-45-815 "THE EVIL THAT MIN 00' 2 55-6 25-9 55 "IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES 12 45-3 05-5:25-7-45-10 05 "BUCKAROO BANZAI’ 1:15-3:25-5 35-7:50-1000 "AMADEUS" 1215-3:15-6 30-9 35 ARDEN FAIR 6 CINEMAS "HEAVY METAL" “FOOTLOOSE" “PHANTASM" “THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME" f B rt 40 f t flen 1 6 CmfMAS 7?H?00 J 3CIMMAS 9M vr9 12:45 2:SS 5:0S 7:15 & 9:25 1 :1S 3:15 5:15 7:15 & 9:15 PISCQUNTAOMISSIONS 1VMYONI GREMLINS 5 40-7-50-10 OO KARATE KICr 5-407 55-10 05 LAST STARFIGHTIR 615-9 SO ROMANCING THE STONE too DREAMSCAPE 6 00-9-30 EXTERMINATOR II T 50 MADISON SQUARE£5 4 THEATRES WV334-157 961 9795 or 96Citrus Hghtt SUNRISE MALI Shon Ctr "INDIANA JONES” 10 30-12 45-3 00-5-15-10 30 "CRIMES OF PASSION 10 30-12-45-300-5-15-7 30-9 45 "PURPLE RAIN” 10 45-100-3 15-5 25-7 35-9-45 'THE WOMAN IN RED 0-45-2 25-6-05-10 00 TOP SECRET 12 35-4 15-8 00 “ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" “PHANTASM" “ACDC LET THERE 8E ROCK" “PINK FLOYD THE WALL" From the erectors of "Fast Times at Ridgemont Hlgh"-something even foster It's casual R o A imiVKSAL Pkture ® 1984 UnpoCrfjF SfwAm Mr QOobusy riSiK f H SO B 1 BmmiwH 6 D' 13 SI Plus PURPLE RAIN (R) Opens 6-30 FORTY NINER 6 oml ts J Plus KARATE KID (PG) Opens 6:30 movie U Sflfi&aSSwSgiBfiS for?— t 1 w

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