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She Mates and She kills. No Man Can Resist Her. Only One Woman Can Stop Her. See more »
A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Debra Winger ... Alexandra

Theresa Russell ... Catharine

Sami Frey ... Paul

Dennis Hopper ... Ben

Nicol Williamson ... William

Terry O'Quinn ... Bruce

James Hong ... Shin

Diane Ladd ... Etta

D.W. Moffett ... Michael

Lois Smith ... Sara

Leo Rossi ... Ricci
Danny Kamekona ... Detective

Rutanya Alda ... Irene

Mary Woronov ... Shelley

Wayne Heffley ... Etta's Husband
Raleigh Bond ... Martin
Donegan Smith ... Reporter

Christian Clemenson ... Artie
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ... Tran
Darrah Meeley ... Dawn
Kate Hall ... Young Girl
George Ricord ... Italian Man
Richard Arnold ... Doctor (as Richard E. Arnold)
Bea Kiyohara ... Clerk
Chris S. Ducey ... Poker Player

Tee Dennard ... Sid

David Mamet ... Herb
Johnny 'Sugarbear' Willis ... James
Gene Callahan ... Mr. Foster
Thomas Hill ... Attorney
Juleen Murray ... Attendant
Ed Pang ... Waiter

Allen Nause ... Clerk
Denise Hewitt ... Stewardess (as Denise Dennison)
Robert J. Peters ... Steward

Rick Shuster ... Helicopter Pilot

Al Cerullo ... Helicopter Pilot
David Kasparian ... Limo Driver

Mick Muldoon ... Doorman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Behrens ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Anne Lockhart ... Asst. DA / Hotel Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Rafelson 
Writing credits
Ronald Bass (written by)

Produced by
Laurence Mark .... executive producer
Harold Schneider .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall 
Film Editing by
John Bloom 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Set Decoration by
Jim Duffy 
Buck Henshaw 
Rick Simpson 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Makeup Department
Nadia DiPaulo .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist: New York
Bob Grimaldi .... makeup artist: New York
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist
Julie C. Steffes .... body makeup
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist
Production Management
Roger Paradiso .... production manager: New York
Harold Schneider .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nilo Otero .... second assistant director
Liz Ryan .... second assistant director: New York
Tommy Thompson .... first assistant director
Art Department
Paul J. Campanella .... painter
Emily Ferry .... property master
Eric A. Hulett .... lead man: Seattle
Kurt V. Hulett .... set dresser
Bill Luckey .... assistant property master
Ralph Reis .... assistant property master: Hawaii
Bob Riggs .... construction: Seattle unit
Wallace White .... lead man: Hawaii
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... re-recording mixer
Gary Blufer .... sound effects recordist
Steve Bowerman .... boom operator
Robert Bradshaw .... sound editor
Kevin F. Cleary .... re-recording mixer
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Dominick De Stefano .... cable person
Sukey Fontelieu .... foley editor
John Leveque .... sound editor
David MacMillan .... sound mixer
Robert Marts .... cableman: Seattle
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer
Donald Ortiz .... assistant sound editor
Richard Overton .... re-recording mixer
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley supervisor
Norman B. Schwartz .... adr editor
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor
Karen G. Wilson .... foley supervisor
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Marvin Walowitz .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Allen Hall .... special effects
Jerry D. Williams .... special effects (as Jerry Williams)
Ken Tarallo .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Steve Grumette .... computer effects supervisor (as Steve Grummette)
Donald Hansard Sr. .... process coordinator
Don Hansard .... process projection engineer (as Donald Hansard Jr.)
Alan L. Porter .... computer graphics engineer (as Alan Porter)
Robert Wilcox .... computer graphics engineer (as Bob Wilcox)
Barbara Brundage .... stunts: underwater & diving
Lisa Hall .... stunts: underwater & diving
Marcia Holley .... stunts: underwater & diving
Julie Robinson .... stunts: underwater & diving
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry J. Aube .... best boy
Art Budnick .... best boy
Curtis Foster .... lamp operator
Daniel R. Garab .... cableman: Hawaii
Al Giddings .... underwater photography: Hawaii
Michael Greenlee .... best boy
Conrad W. Hall .... first assistant camera
Donald L. Hartley .... company grip
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Rick Martens .... gaffer
Mark Soucie .... lamp operator
Mike Thomas .... second assistant camera
John Toll .... camera operator
Casting Department
Cynthia Hildebrand .... casting: New York
Lora Kennedy .... casting assistant
Marge Spencer .... casting: Hawaii
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellis Cohen .... costumer: men
Oda Groeschel .... costumer: women
Mark K. Kuromoto .... men's costumer: Hawaii
Nancy McArdle .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Maryann Brandon .... first assistant editor
William Fletcher .... second assistant editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Ed Stabile .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Paul Pav .... location manager
Paul Pay .... location manager
Steve Schoenfield .... location manager: New York
J. Marc Strachan .... assistant location manager: Seattle
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator
Armin Steiner .... score mixer
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
Transportation Department
Steve Duncan .... transportation captain
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
John Hood .... transportation captain
Jimmy Levy .... transportation captain: New York
Julio Salazar .... production driver
Ronald Smith .... transportation captain: Seattle
Harry Ueshiro .... transportation captain: Hawaii
Other crew
Joe Catalfo .... first aid
Monica Di Meo .... caterer
Kimberly Felix .... production assistant
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Carol Fleischer .... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor
Kate Hall .... production assistant
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Leslie Johnson .... assistant: Mr. Rafelson
Mary Jane Nolan Kelly .... production coordinator: New York
Stephen Kern .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Harry Kohoyda Jr. .... auditor
Marilyn La Salandra .... assistant: Mr. Schneider
Judy Lane .... production secretary: Hawaii
Marcial Lopez .... underwater unit: Hawaii
Flory Lovings .... assistant: Ms. Winger
Richard Muh .... underwater unit: Hawaii
Patty Raya .... production coordinator
Valerie Ross .... production secretary: Seattle
Mark Stetson .... toy designer
J. Marc Strachan .... assistant: Mr. Rafelson
Terry Thompson .... underwater unit: Hawaii
Joanna Tsoukatis .... production assistant: New York
Gary Weddington .... assistant auditor
Jolene Wolff .... executive assistant: Mr. Rafelson
Pat Young .... assistant: Mr. Schneider
Pamela Clay .... stand-in: Debra Winger (uncredited)

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102 min
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According to "The '80s Movie Rewind" website there is an alternate ending to the film. "Theresa Russell goes to jail, Debra Winger walks out of the building, that's all. The other times . . . it has ended with . . . Debra Winger sitting on a tropical beach having a drink, wearing a big sunhat...".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An Unforgettable Neo-Noir, 18 August 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

When the ambitious federal investigator Alexandra 'Alex' Barnes (Debra Winger) reads the cases of two wealthy men that have just died and left their fortunes to their younger and younger wives, she suspects that the woman might be the same. She believes that the woman might be killing the millionaires without a trace to inherit their fortunes.

Alex travels and tracks down the mysterious female inheritor Catharine Petersen (Theresa Russell) but she finds nothing about her identity. Alex believes that the Catharine might have traveled to Hawai and she takes vacation to follow her instincts. Alex finds and befriends Catharine in the hotel and becomes close to her. When Alex meets Catherine's boyfriend Paul Nuytten (Sami Frey), she has a crush on him. Will her passion for Paul and her friendship with Catharine jeopardize her investigation?

"Black Widow" is an unforgettable neo-noir of the 80's, with the sexy and gorgeous Theresa Russell and Debra Winger playing a cat-and-mouse game in the lead roles. This film is one of my favorite from the 80's and slightly recalls "Body Heat" from the early 80's. In those years, Theresa Russell was one of the sexiest actress of the cinema industry and the role of Catharine Petersen is tailored for her. Unfortunately the Brazilian DVD has no Extras. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Mistério da Viúva Negra" ("The Mystery of the Black Widow")

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