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Manuel Puig (based on the novel by)
Leonard Schrader (written by)
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Release Date:
26 July 1985 (USA) See more »
A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 14 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A well-acted and well-directed film See more (56 total) »


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William Hurt ... Luis Molina

Raul Julia ... Valentin Arregui

Sonia Braga ... Leni Lamaison / Marta / Spider Woman

José Lewgoy ... Warden

Milton Gonçalves ... Pedro
Míriam Pires ... Mother (as Miriam Pires)
Nuno Leal Maia ... Gabriel
Fernando Torres ... Americo
Patricio Bisso ... Greta
Herson Capri ... Werner
Denise Dumont ... Michele (as Denise Dummont)
Nildo Parente ... Leader of Resistance
Antônio Petrin ... Clubfoot (as Antonio Petrin)
Wilson Grey ... Flunky
Miguel Falabella ... Lieutenant
Walter Breda ... Agent #1
Luis Guilherme ... Agent #2
Walmir Barros ... Agent #3
Luis Serra ... Prison Doctor
Ana Maria Braga ... Lidia
Benjamin Cattan ... Molina's Friend
Oswaldo Barreto ... Molina's Friend
Sergio Bright ... Molina's Friend
Claudio Curi ... Molina's Friend
Lineu Dias ... Bank Cashier
Joe Kantor ... Judge
Luis Roberto Galizia ... Nurse
Pericles Campos ... Prison Guard
Edmilson Santos ... Prison Guard
Walter Vicca ... Prison Guard
Ken Kaneko ... Prison Guard (as Kenichi Kaneko)
Geogers Schlesinger ... Jewish Smuggler
Carlos Fariello ... Jewish Smuggler
Frederico Botelho ... Jewish Smuggler
Sylvio Band ... Rabbi
Paulo Ludmer ... Rabbi
Elvira Bisso ... Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eduardo Conde ... Cop (uncredited)

Sergio Kato ... Molina's Friend (uncredited)
Ivan Setta ... Cop (uncredited)
Carlos Augusto Strazzer ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Hector Babenco 
Writing credits
Manuel Puig (based on the novel by)

Leonard Schrader (written by)

Produced by
Altamiro Boscoli .... associate producer
Cary Brokaw .... executive producer
Paulo Francini .... associate producer
Ernest Z. Frausto .... studio executive
Gustavo Halbreich .... associate producer
Jane Holzer .... associate producer
Michael Maiello .... associate producer
Francisco Ramalho Jr. .... executive producer
Bernard Sofronski .... supervising producer
Jaime Sverner .... associate producer
David Weisman .... producer
Original Music by
Nando Carneiro 
John Neschling 
Cinematography by
Rodolfo Sánchez (director of photography) (as Rodolfo Sanchez)
Film Editing by
Mauro Alice 
Production Design by
Clovis Bueno 
Art Direction by
Clovis Bueno 
Costume Design by
Patricio Bisso 
Makeup Department
Nilda de Moura .... hair stylist
Nena de Oliveira .... makeup artist
Guilherme Pereira .... makeup artist: Ms. Braga
Marco Simon .... hairdresser: Ms. Braga
Production Management
John Paul Lussier .... unit production manager
Liza Monteiro .... production manager: Brazil
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amilcar Monteiro Claro .... assistant director (as Amilcar Monero)
Flávio R. Tambellini .... assistant director
Art Department
Nanci Audi .... props
Felipe Crescenti .... set designer
Solange Magerowski .... assistant art director
Cecília Ribeiro .... assistant art director
Berta Segall .... assistant art director
Mique Stedile .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Mark Berger .... supervising re-recording mixer
Paul Coombe .... re-recording mixer
Ismael Cordeiro .... production sound mixer
Susan Dudeck .... supervising sound editor
Scott Ganary .... foley mixer
Gary Gegan .... foley mixer
Allen Hartz .... sound editor
Val Kuklowsky .... supervising adr editor
Lorie O'Shatz .... sound editor
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Jeff Rosen .... sound editor
José Luiz Sasso .... sound engineer
Peter Waggoner .... re-recording mixer
Cathy Welch .... assistant sound editor
Hugo Weng .... sound editor
Special Effects by
José Marchesin .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Robert Dawson .... optical director
Camera and Electrical Department
Wilmar Moreira Carvalho .... electrician
Felipe Daviña .... assistant camera
José Alves do Nascimento .... electrician
João Antônio Duarte .... electrician
Mário Souza Gama .... electrician
Odair Guarani .... assistant camera
Jamelão .... gaffer
Lúcio Kodato .... photographer: second unit
José Carlos Lampa .... electrician
José Manir .... electrician
Jamelao Medeiros .... gaffer
Oswaldo Moreira .... electrician
Adalberto Padouim .... electrician
Lelio Rodrigues .... grip
Antônio Alves Souza .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Zeze Braga .... dress maker: Miss Braga's dresses
Therezinka Ferreira .... dress maker
Mauricio Kawamura .... wardrobe
Avy Marciano .... dress maker
Editorial Department
Cristina Amaral .... assistant editor
Regina Dias .... assistant editor
Galileu Garcia Jr. .... assistant editor
Helen Hahn .... negative cutter
Sergio Marin .... assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Rebecca Nauert .... assistant editor
Rebecca Nauert .... post-production coordinator
Lee Percy .... additional editor
Music Department
Wally Badarou .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Daniel Bickel .... production coordinator
Mara Borba .... choreographer
Murilo Carvalho .... production assistant
Jorge Carvallo .... assistant: Mr. Hurt
Carla Chertel .... production assistant
Robert Dawson .... title designer: main titles
Alberto Gieco .... script supervisor
Daniel Gomez .... assistant: Mr. Julia
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Rui Lima .... production assistant
Tony Payne .... assistant to producers
Carmen Rodrigues .... secretary
Rene Silber .... production assistant
Marçal Souza .... production assistant (as Marçal de Souza)
Janete Tsuha .... accountant
David E. Van Houten .... publicity designer
Oscar Veliz .... production assistant
Edgard Zilberberg .... production assistant
Roberto Herrero .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Black .... special thanks
Fabiano Canosa .... special thanks
Peter Dekom .... special thanks
Jeffrey Hunter .... special thanks
Burt Lancaster .... special thanks

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120 min
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The relationship between William Hurt and Hector Babenco steadily deteriorated to the point where they didn't even speak to each other any more. Assistant Director Amilcar Monteiro Claro became the go-between, since he spoke both English and Brazilian Portuguese. Claro said the tension was terrible but actually good for the film because it helped Hurt with his performance.See more »
[first lines]
Luis Molina:She's... well, she's something a little strange. That's what she noticed, that she's not a woman like all the others. She seems all wrapped up in herself. Lost in a world she carries deep inside her.
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A well-acted and well-directed film, 8 August 2000
Author: medders from Glendale, Arizona

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" is a fine portrayal of how two completely different men can come to understand one another and how unselfish love can transcend sexual preference. The story slowly reveals itself as the movie progresses, and in the end,the film is about much more than is first apparent. I admired the gutsy performances by Hurt and Julia, and the direction by Brazilian Hector Babenco, who uses long, involved shots, instead of cutting away quickly (which, unfortunately, is used so often). The film hasn't remained very well known since it was released in 1985, but it is definitely worth seeing if you can find it. 8/10

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