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  • Directed By: Jonathan Darby
  • Written By: Jonathan Darby, Jane Rusconi
  • Release Date: March 6, 1998
  • Domestic Distributor: Sony (TriStar)
  • Cast: Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech

Box Office Info:
Budget: $21 millionFinanced by: Sony
Domestic Gross: $13,583,690Overseas Gross: $5,400,000

“I’ve never been able to keep my mouth shut.  So if somebody asks me how I feel about Hush, I’ll say it’s a piece of shit.”
Jessica Lange

The budget for Hush was $21 million and fully financed by Sony TriStar.   The picture was originally completed in 1996 and Hush was set for a release in 1997, but the movie was a disaster and Sony tried to salvage this unintentionally campy schlock.  The response at test screenings was atrocious and the movie underwent at least two major reshoots and three titles.  The belated reshoots were also after Gwyneth Paltrow had cut her hair for other productions, so they put a wig on her that did not even properly fit or resemble her hair from earlier scenes — which just added more unintentional hilarity to this D grade picture.

After much tinkering, Hush was eventually unleashed by Sony on March 6, 1998.  It bowed against U.S. Marshals, Twilight and The Big Lebowski.  The reviews pegged the movie as one of the worst of 1998.  Hush opened with a poor $5,742,431 — placing #5 for the weekend led by the 12th frame of Titanic.  It declined 43.8% to $3,228,841 the following weekend and then sank 61.3% to $1,250,392 in its third session.  The domestic run closed with just $13,583,690.  Sony would see returned about $7.4M after theaters take their percentage of the gross, which leaves much of the P&A costs in the red and the budget untouched by the theatrical receipts.

Overseas numbers were just $5.4M and Sony dumped Hush straight to video in the UK and Germany.  This was the first and last movie directed by Jonathan Darby.


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