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>
Sometimes, an accident can be an unhappy woman's best friend
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Did You Know?
While filming the scene on the ferry between Dolores and Selena, Jennifer Jason Leigh
became seasick. A student from the local high school was pulled out of class to act as a stand-in. 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
[Vera is not letting Dolores change her soiled sheets
Vera, are ya gonna sit there and marinate in it? Come on!
Referenced in Secret Window
Night in the Afternoon
Written by Hendrik Muerkens See more