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>
They were separated by a death...and reunited by a murder.
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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
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
Det. John Mackey
I'm sorry, but I think it's for the best if you got yourself some legal representation.
You're sorry, are you? Bet the last time you were sorry was when you needed to use the pay toilet and the string on your pet dime broke.
Referenced in The Ring
Night in the Afternoon
Written by Hendrik Muerkens See more