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. No Man Can Resist Her. Only One Woman Can Stop Her. 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?


One of two produced screenplays by screen-writer Ronald Bass which were first released in the year of 1987 with Bass' other picture that year being Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone (1987). See more »


Shin rolls up the same sleeve twice to use a syringe. 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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Worth watching again and again.
26 January 2001 | by (Lake City, Florida) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on cable, (HBO) and liked it instantly. The plot and characters were well written I thought and fine acting jobs by all. I was in high school when it came out and really liked the scuba scenes so I bought the movie on video. Since then I have watched it many times and have become a bigger fan. The biggest thing is how well I could identify with the characters. It draws you into watching just to see what's going to happen. I think if you like "Chinatown", you'll like this movie too. I think the ending works too, could be better but works well here. Best performance of Debra Winger except "An Officer and a Gentleman" And truly Thersa Russell's best performance I've ever seen her in. A good movie to watch when you're in the mood to stay home and watch a good well rounded, interesting movie. I still never tire of seeing it again.

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