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Diabolique (1996)

The wife and mistress of the sadistic dean of an exclusive prep school conspire to murder him.

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The wife and mistress of a cruel school master collaborate in a carefully planned and executed attempt to murder him. The plan goes well until the body, which has been strategically dumped, disappears. The strain starts to tell on the two women as a retired police investigator who is looking into the disappearance on a whim begins to think that they know more than they are telling, and their mental state is not helped when their victim is seen, apparently alive and well by one of the pupils. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Two women. One man. The combination can be murder.


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Rated R for violence/terror, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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22 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Diabólicas  »

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$17,100,000 (USA)
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Isabelle Adjani was born the year Diabolique (1955) was released in the U.S. See more »

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The lines of text on the computer monitor reach the bottom of the screen start scrolling. In the close-up, the text is just starting to be written again. See more »

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[Nicole lights her cigarette]
Leo: Second-hand smoke kills, you know.
Nicole: [blowing smoke in Leo's face] Not reliably.
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Referenced in Baywatch: Diabolique (1998) See more »

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In The Arms Of Love
Written by Marco Marinageli and Frank P. Maddlone
Performed by Sherry Williams
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Diabolique
27 October 1999 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

A tyrannical school principal terrorizes his fragile wife with heart disease and his cynical mistress as well (both are teachers in the couple's private school). The two women plot to kill him, but after the murder their plan starts to fall through. The body disappears, then more and more signs become apparent to prove: he is alive.

The real mystery is why anyone had to remake a classic French thriller that was imitated so many times before, why it had to be done so terribly, cast so wrongly and acted in such unsubtle way - and why anyone on earth should care the whole stuff.


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