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A Dangerous Woman (1993)

Martha Horgan, a naive woman with an intellectual impairment who lives with her aunt Frances in a small town, is known for always telling the truth. She works at a dry cleaner, where her ... See full summary »

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Anita
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Martha Horgan
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Steve
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Frances
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Edward (as Jacob Gyllenhaal)
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Paul
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Birdy
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John
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Mercy
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Mackey
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Tupperware Salesman
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Getso
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Wesley
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Gately
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Martha Horgan, a naive woman with an intellectual impairment who lives with her aunt Frances in a small town, is known for always telling the truth. She works at a dry cleaner, where her compulsive truth-telling leads her to report to the boss that another employee has been stealing from the cash register. The thief, in turn, accuses Martha, and she loses her job. In the mean time, a mysterious stranger named Mackey appears at Martha's residence after learning that Aunt Frances needs her porch repaired. Mackey is hired and becomes intimately involved with Martha... which only leads to tragedy. Written by A K 4 7 <ak47@cyberverse.com>

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Rated R for some graphic sexuality, strong language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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3 December 1993 (USA)  »

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Uma Mulher Perigosa  »

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$1,497,222 (USA)
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This film marks as being the only one made with the whole Gyllenhaal family: father Stephen Gyllenhaal directed it, mother Naomi Foner produced and wrote it, and children Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal acted in it. See more »

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Mackey: I'm a professional asshole. I gotta find a new line of work. This is taking its toll.
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Clean The Dirt
Written by Mike Martt, Chris Gates and David Roach
Performed by Junkyard
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Debra Winger is marvelous
13 October 2002 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

This is a good movie - not as good as the book, but still a very good movie.

Debra Winger plays Martha Horgan, a mentally disabled young woman who lives with her beautiful Aunt Frances (the always ethereal Barbara Hershey). Martha works at a dry cleaning shop, where she is framed for stealing money by the sleazy Getso (David Strathairn). Getso is the boyfriend of Martha's best (and only) friend Birdie, played by Chloe Webb. Martha sets out to prove her innocence. This is furthermore complicated by Gabriel Byrne's sexy handyman, who Martha falls in love with.

"A Dangerous Woman" is believable and the acting is wonderful. Not as good as the book, but still a very good movie.


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