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Lolita (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 September 1998 (USA)
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A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Reddin ...
Erin J. Dean ...
Joan Glover ...
Pat Pierre Perkins ...
Louise (as Pat P. Perkins)
Ben Silverstone ...
Emma Griffiths Malin ...
Annabel Lee (as Emma Griffiths-Malin)


Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. Written by Luis Canau <luis..canau@mail.EUnet.pt>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for aberrant sexuality, a strong scene of violence, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Лолита  »

Box Office


$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 498,340 (Germany) (2 January 1998)


£73,685 (UK) (15 May 1998)

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The film had a hard time in finding a distributor. When filming finally began, New Line Cinema was the distributor, but they dropped the film from distribution when they saw an early cut. It later got a limited cinema run, through a small independent distributor, before finally making a big premiere on the Showtime Entertainment TV channel. See more »


During the murder itself, at no point is blood splattered on his face, yet all the flashbacks and endings show his face splattered. See more »


[first lines]
Humbert: [voiceover] She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks, she was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always - Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin. My soul.
Humbert: Lolita.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are over there is a brief clip where Lolita is shown juggling a red apple. See more »


Remake of Lolita (1962) See more »


Written by Gabriel Ruiz, Ricardo Lopez Mendez and Sunny Skylar
Performed by Andy Russell
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wonderfully done
10 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film is a stunning adaptation of the novel of the same name. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful and the film is brilliantly acted. The content of the story may put off many prospective viewers, but the story does not condone Humberts actions, it simply narrates them. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Humberts (Irons) loss of his young love scars him in a way which compels him to rediscover it, through relationships with young girls. He moves to a town to accept a teaching position and while looking for suitable housing he meets Lolita Haze (Swain), a young girl who immediately catches his eye and his heart. The rest of the film chronicles their tempestuous relationship, one in which Humbert takes advantage of Lolita's natural curiosity and developing mind and body. I highly recommend this version of the film and the book to any person interested in a beautifully written, compelling story about one haunted man's selfish folly and the effect it has the young girl it revolves around.

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