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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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 »


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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Referenced in NCIS: Leap of Faith (2007) See more »

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Great plot and excellent performances
4 July 1999 | by (Paris, france) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw Black Widow I was 13 and I didn't have a long movie history behind me, of course. I Hadn't seen any films noirs from the 40s or 50s, hadn't heard of Double Indemnity or Gene Tierney yet. So when I witnessed Theresa Russell's identity changes from classy businessman's trophy wife to tacky Texas doll to well-read ancient coin expert, I was in movie heaven. The revelation, though, did not come from Russell but from Debra Winger's performance : from then on I worshiped her and awaited her next role with feverish excitement. Now that I have viewed it about 1 million times on tape, I still think it's a terrific movie with great performances (actually Theresa Russell has rarely been better than here), and there are tons of stuff I love about it : the dialogue, the cinematography, the opening credits, the symbolic mini-scenes (think winger in the shower just before the wedding), Winger's looks. It's a cult classic, on my video shelf anyway.

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