Dolores Claiborne works as a maid for a wealthy woman in remote Maine. When she is indicted for the elderly woman's murder, Dolores' daughter Selena returns from New York, where she has become a big-shot reporter. In the course of working out the details of what has happened, as well as some shady questions from the past and Selina's troubled childhood, many difficult truths are revealed about their family's domestic strife. This is cleverly portrayed with present reality shot in cool blue tones blending seamlessly into flashbacks shot in vivid color. As small town justice relentlessly grinds forward, surprises lie in store for the viewers.... Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
They were separated by a death...and reunited by a murder.
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Did You Know?
was recommended for the role of Vera by director Taylor Hackford
's wife, Helen Mirren
. Parfitt, who had largely confined her career to the stage, was virtually unknown to film audiences at the time. After auditioning with Kathy Bates
, Bates reportedly turned to Hackford and gasped "Who was that?" They agreed to cast Parfitt on the spot. See more
During the flashback scene in the kitchen which culminates with Joe hitting Dolores across the back, the thickness of the roll of kitchen paper hanging underneath the cupboard behind Dolores changes drastically at one point. See more
That is the last time you ever hit me! Next time, one of us is going to the bone yard.
Referenced in Storm of the Century
Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager
and Jack Yellen See more