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Black Widow (1987)

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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Bruce
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Shin
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Etta
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Michael
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Sara
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Ricci
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Irene
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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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She Mates and She kills. No Man Can Resist Her. Only One Woman Can Stop Her. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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6 February 1987 (USA)  »

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La veuve noire  »

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$25,205,460 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Debut theatrical feature film as an actor of writer-producer-director David Mamet. See more »

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Investigator in the last fifteen minutes of the movie refers to Jessica Bates as Jessica Barnes. 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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Referenced in The Simpsons: Black Widower (1992) See more »

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A fine thriller with moments of erotic tension
12 July 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This murder yarn details the career of a female killer who marries men for their money, dispatches them without leaving any clues, then lays claim to their wealthy estates and moves on in search of another goldmine. The murders come to the attention of Debra Winger, a Federal investigator, although the film doesn't explain why the government is interested in these cases. Theresa Russell, the title character, is the attractive, intelligent woman who wins the confidence of the men she targets and uses her irresistible charm to disarm her suitors. Winger soon cultivates a friendship with Russell to get closer to her and anticipate her next moves but knows that she and her quarry are on a collision course. The women play subtle cat-and-mouse games with each other until the surprise ending, which proves that a black widow can spin one web too many. Winger and Russell generated an undertow of erotic tension between them that the picture didn't explore but the movie remains a good mystery.


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