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?
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
The expression on Dolores's face when she sees Vera at the bottom of the stairs after her fall, between the first and second flashback. See more
I did not murder that bitch any more than I'm wearing a diamond tiara.
Referenced in Secret Window
Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager
and Jack Yellen See more