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USA: Illuminare Entertainment
Cast: Eben Gordon, Rob Moretti, Juanita Walsh, Jennifer Laine Williams, Jennifer J Katz, James Earley, Robert Bray, Laura O'Reilly, Tim Loftus, Sylvia Norman, Frankie Faison
Director: Rob Moretti
Countries: USA / India
USA: 88 mins
USA Release Date: 17 September 2004 (Limited Release)
Motivated by his own adolescent battles with his family, particularly his alcoholic mother, writer/director Rob Moretti delivers a coming-of-age story that deals with addiction, forbidden relationships, and a drastic turn of fate. Set in middle-class suburbia the film chronicles the disintegration of a family and the resulting dilemma when David, the son, is thrown into the role of caretaker. Overwhelmed, he turns to the only security he knows, Kenny, a has-been actor turned theatre coach. David, vulnerable and confused, succumbs to Kenny's attractive power and influence leading him to a life of drugs and alcohol. CRUTCH is a captivating journey into the abyss and the long climb back via self-discovery.
The film stars Eben Gordon (SAVE THE FOREST) as David, Rob Moretti (SCENES FROM A MALL, THE BEAT) as the theatre coach, and Frankie Faison (WHITE CHICKS, HBO'S THE WIRE). Juanita Walsh plays the role of David's alcoholic mother, and Jennifer Laine Williams plays his dotting girlfriend. Michael Philip Anthony, Eric Smith and Rob Moretti are the producers.