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Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 March 1995 (USA)
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A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

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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>

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Rated R for language and domestic abuse | See all certifications »

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A fire on the set in Nova Scotia, Canada, caused one million dollars damage. See more »

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During the eclipse scene with Dolores and Joe, Dolores stares directly at the eclipse for a while. Had this been real she would have gone blind; the reason reflector boxes are handed out during eclipse viewings is because staring at an eclipse directly causes permanent blindness. See more »

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Vera Donovan: [to Dolores, who is hanging her sheets to dry] Six pins, Dolores! Six pins, not five!
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Bates & Parfitt dominate
17 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a woman's movie, meaning its about women but a guy is able to enjoy it on several levels. Most womens movies ("Thelma & Louise" comes to mind) exclude the male segment of the audience and you have to be a woman to gain anything from watching the movie.

This is also adapted from a Stephen King horror novel and it might have been assumed that Kathy Bates was just re-visiting her familiar "Misery" territory. That assumption is very unfair here, just as the assumption that this is a horror movie.

All the acting is great but special mention must go to Kathy Bates. She even moves like a woman who has a bad back (you find out why that is) and slaves for that monster Vera for all those years. She is completely magnificent and believable and I thought she deserved another Best Actress nomination. Parfitt deserved her own in the Supporting category, for her portrayal of Vera, a person easy to hate who becomes easy to understand.


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