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A Dangerous Woman (1993)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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 »

Quotes

Frances Beechum: You don't have to lie, Martha.
Martha Horgan: I *don't* lie.
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Connections

References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

My Little Suede Shoes
Written by Charlie Parker
Performed by Paul Smith Trio (as The Paul Smith Trio)
Courtesy of Granite Records
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Strangely compelling...
18 September 2002 | by (Cardiff, Wales,Uk) – See all my reviews

Not a bad film for one i saw at 1.30 in the morning. Debra Winger is convincing as a mentally challenged woman who only wants to understand why being truthful doesn't work in the world around her. The fact that she has her own apartment testifying to this. Gabriel Byrne was restrained as was needed in the opposing role to the central character and gave the movie some essential compassion which worked nicely. The sex scenes were a bit graphic but i think it was necessary as the controversy between rape/consentual sex in this case was in dispute. A point not overplayed or simplified, thankfully so credit to the writer and director for that.

Overall it raised some interesting themes in societies treatment of the mentally disabled and followed through with a realistic ending. 3 out of 5.


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