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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 <reb@magna.com.au>

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6 February 1987 (USA)  »

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$25,205,460 (USA)
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The film refers to deaths being caused by "Ondine's Curse" which website Wikipedia define as a "congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation. CCHS is a respiratory disorder that is fatal if untreated. People afflicted with Ondine's curse classically suffer from respiratory arrest during sleep". See more »

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Debra Winger shadows Theresa Russell on the top deck of the Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry. The same mountains in the Olympic range are behind both actresses, even though one lady is on the starboard and the other is on the port side. See more »

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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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Hugely entertaining (feminist?) film
4 September 2000 | by (Portishead, North Somerset, UK) – See all my reviews

Debra Winger is great as always as the FBI backroom researcher allowed out for a change to pursue her theory that the widows of several millionaires who have all died of the same rare disease are in fact the same woman.

She finds herself fascinated as well as repelled by Theresa Russell's glamour, lifestyle and ability to use men for her own ends. Russell in her turn sees her as a worthy opponent (unlike all those men she takes in so easily).

In fact all the men are just part of the background to the play between Winger and Russell.

Its a terrific film all round and I may be alone in this, but I think the ending works.


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