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Widow's Kiss (1996)

A lawyer befriends a client and before he knows it he's married to her. Both are recently widowed with teenage sons. When the lawyer dies of a heart attack within a matter of days his son ... See full summary »

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Vivian Fairchild
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Sean Sager
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Eddie Costello
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Justin Sager
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Lavanda Harrison
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Edith Fitzpatrick
Michael Woolson ...
Paul Fairchild
Leslie Horan ...
Kelly Givens
Brad Joseph Dubin ...
Chris Shelby
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Sergeant Burnette
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Steven Rose
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Margaret Silverstein
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Doctor Isaacs
Leonard Salazar ...
Carlos Fuentes
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Dr. Joyce Sabata
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A lawyer befriends a client and before he knows it he's married to her. Both are recently widowed with teenage sons. When the lawyer dies of a heart attack within a matter of days his son becomes suspicious. Written by Rob Hartill

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It's not just her looks that Kill

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Thriller

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence

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8 November 2005 (France)  »

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Alliance fatale  »

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Widow sets her sights on widower
6 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Widow's Kiss" (1996) is a neo-noir, drawing from a seemingly inexhaustible well in which murder for money occurs among the upper middle class or professional class or quite well-off class. These movies proliferated in the 90s, with roots in "Double Indemnity" but with numerous variations. I find them all interesting and entertaining. It's always a wonder to see new intricate plots and designs that bring the perfidy, lies and greed into major crimes and the inevitable setbacks and entanglements.

This particular one lurches rather unevenly from one plot point to the next, leaving loose ends untied and plot holes unfilled, mostly in the name of unpredictable surprises. Some digressions are not needed. Somehow it comes across as being all in good fun. Maybe it's because so many characters smile and seem pleased with themselves, with the exception of the hero (Mackenzie Astin) who is put upon again and again. Dennis Haysbert, a burned out private eye, lightens up. Widow Beverly D'Angelo turns every setback into a new opportunity to seduce whatever male happens to be around. A fraternity house initiation subplot ties in nicely with the main story.

The movie opens with Astin having a dream about his mom's death by fire inside a car. He's living with his lawyer dad, Bruce Davison. Widow D'Angelo appears to get a new will drafted, but her sights are clearly set on Davison. They quickly marry. Her aide, who is introduced as her son, is Michael Woolson. Astin's former wife's mother is played by Barbara Rush.


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