Black Widow (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  6 February 1987 (USA)
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A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.



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Catherine is a black widow. "She mates and then she kills". Black Widow is the story of a lady (Catherine) who marries lonely millionaires, waits until they've changed their will to leave all to their beloved wives and then murders them to inherit the fortune. With each man Catherine marries, she changes her appearance to suit the mans personality. Only there's one problem. Alexandra is a smart cookie and has found a link between these unexplained mysterious deaths and the partners wives. But now her only problem is proving that a killer is on the loose and saving herself from the deadly Black Widow. Written by Michael Feller <>

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She mates and she kills. See more »


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Release Date:

6 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La veuve noire  »

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$25,205,460 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "black widow" of the film's title is often considered a synonym for a "femme fatale" the latter of which which is defined by the Wikipedia website as "a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations", like a black widow spider. The literal definition of a "black widow" spider refers to a species of widow spiders known as "Latrodectus" which is a genus of spider in the "Theridiidae" family. See more »


Investigator in the last fifteen minutes of the movie refers to Jessica Bates as Jessica Barnes. See more »


[first lines]
Sara: When he didn't come to the office, 10:30, 11:00, I called the house. Catherine... he went in his sleep, peacefully. The doctor said if you'd been sleeping right next to him, you wouldn't have even known. You couldn't have done anything.
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Stimulating film about obsession, nicely directed as a thriller by Bob Rafelson.
29 January 2004 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

Winger and Russell are sensational here, characteristically different yet essentially the same in nature. The sinister plot trappings and black widow symbolism keep the film lively but only serve to heighten the intriguing subtext of two women obsessed with success and competition. Winger is exceptional as always, and while Russell is notably uneven as usual, they both succeed admirably. All the supporting parts are brilliantly played. This is one of the finest and most enjoyable femme fatale films around. A widescreen version is thankfully now available on DVD from Fox.

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