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
In the first flashback, there is no dialog from Vera after she says, "Please, Dolores." and the mailman enters. In the second flashback, Vera is heard begging for death after Dolores raises the rolling pin and before the mailman enters. See more
Selena St. George
[when leaving her mother
I'm sorry, Mother. Sometimes being a bitch is the only thing a woman has hold onto.
Referenced in The Ring
Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager
and Jack Yellen See more