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Dolores Claiborne (1995)

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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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They were separated by a death...and reunited by a murder. See more »


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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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$24,361,867 (USA)
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The ferry at the end of the movie is called the "Joshua Slocum", named for the first person to circumnavigate the globe alone. See more »

Goofs

In the first flashback of Vera falling down the stairs, her back hits the railing, but in the second flash back, when they show what really happened, her back is facing Dolores, who is standing at the top of the stairs. See more »

Quotes

Dolores Claiborne: I got another surprise for you, Joe.
Joe St. George: What, did someone invent a pill to cure ugly?
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Referenced in American Dad!: The Best Christmas Story Never (2006) See more »

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Night in the Afternoon
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Quite amazing and scary
23 October 2004 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

When I picked up the DVD of Dolores Claiborne, I wasn't sure of what to expect. I remembered that a lot of people were complaining that this wasn't Misery, starring Kathy Bates, who stars here, and the pacing was a bit off. However, when I was watching it, I was fully gripped into it's very gripping storyline of "Did she or didn't she?" and Kathy Bates pulls off another stunning performance (she never dissapoints me). All the other actresses, from Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, to a then unknown John C. Reilly, also put out great performances. The direction of Taylor Hackford is top notch, and probably the biggest thing here is the cinematogrpahy, which is stunning with all the period photography (dull and grey at present, colorful in the past) and the eclipse photography is nothing short of stunning. A very surprising and entertaining watch,


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