Trust (1990 film)

Trust is a 1990 American romantic black comedy film written and directed by Hal Hartley and starring Adrienne Shelly and Martin Donovan.[2][3]

Directed byHal Hartley
Written byHal Hartley
Produced byBruce Weiss
Hal Hartley
StarringAdrienne Shelly
Martin Donovan
Edie Falco
CinematographyMichael Spiller
Edited byNick Gomez
Music byPhilip Reed
Distributed byFine Line Features
Release date
  • 9 September 1990 (1990-09-09) (TIFF)
  • 26 July 1991 (1991-07-26) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States


Trust concerns the unusual romance between two young misfits wandering the same Long Island town. When Maria (Shelly), a recent high school dropout, announces her unplanned pregnancy to her family, her father dies of heart failure, her mother immediately evicts her from the household and her boyfriend breaks up with her. Lonely and with nowhere to go, Maria wanders her town in search of a place to stay. Along the way, she meets Matthew (Donovan), a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. They begin an unusual romance built on their mutual admiration and trust.



The film premiered at the Toronto Festival of Festivals on September 9,1990 and was released in theatres on July 26, 1991.


  1. ^ "Back to the Future: The Fall and Rise of the British Film Industry in the 1980s - An Information Briefing" (PDF). British Film Institute. 2005. p. 30.
  2. ^ James, Caryn (July 26, 1991). "Trust (1990) Review/Film; 'Trust': Black Humor And Unlikely Lovers". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Kehr, Dave (2002-03-29). "At The Movies". The New York Times.

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