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Dolores Claiborne (1995)

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 Selena'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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24 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,721,920, 26 March 1995

Gross USA:

$24,361,867

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,000,000
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Trivia

Author Stephen King wrote the character of Dolores with Kathy Bates in mind. Bates had impressed the author after meeting him on the set of Misery (1990). See more »

Goofs

As Dolores and Selena are leaving the police department, they walk across the street and get in the car. As Selena opens the door, the telescoping crane can be seen reflected in the car window. See more »

Quotes

Selena St. George: [referring to her mother's relationship with Vera Donovan] These two women loved each other!
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Referenced in Storm of the Century (1999) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen
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brilliantly crafted Stephen King adaptation
23 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film has it all: brilliant script, superb direction, great acting. It's a revenge melodrama, a dysfunctional family drama, a mystery/thriller, and a feminist take on the 'woman's picture', all rolled into one. Sixty years ago, Bette Davis would have had a field day with the title role, but back then Hollywood would never have had the nerve to make a picture with so radical a socio-political point of view. Hackford virtually re-invents the use of flashbacks, and the eclipse sequence is a classic. This film was pretty much ignored by critics when it was released, but it will be around long after most of 1995's films have passed into oblivion.


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