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>
They were separated by a death...and reunited by a murder.
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Did You Know?
There is an alternate coroner's inquest scene at the end of the film. Director Taylor Hackford said it was re-shot with the scene featured in the film because the first version "wasn't as clear". Scenes from the alternate inquest scene are shown throughout the film's trailer. 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
Go ahead, Joe! All I ask is that you do it quick, and don't let Selena see the mess when it's over!
You wanna run me down, go ahead. You can be as mean and hurtful as you want, but this is the last time you will ever hit me! You do it again, one of us is goin' to the boneyard!
Referenced in Storm of the Century
Happy Days Are Here Again
Written by Milton Ager
and Jack Yellen See more