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Lolita (1997)

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

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Keith Reddin ...
Reverend Rigger
Erin J. Dean ...
Mona
Joan Glover ...
Miss LaBone
Pat Pierre Perkins ...
Louise (as Pat P. Perkins)
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Dr. Melinik
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Mr. Beale
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Mrs. Holmes
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Young Humbert Humbert
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Annabel Lee (as Emma Griffiths-Malin)
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Young Humbert's Father
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Storyline

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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A forbidden love. An unthinkable attraction. The ultimate price. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Лолита  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,492, 26 July 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Trivia

Dominique Swain beat approximately 2,500 other actresses to land the lead role. See more »

Goofs

Lolita speaks to man in all white car while at gas station, but both before and after this scene, that car is black and white. See more »

Quotes

[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.
[whispered]
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 »


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My Carmen
Written by Michael Blue and Vladimir Nabokov
Performed by Dominique Swain and Jeremy Irons
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Lyne's Lolita emphasizes tragedy of Nabokov's novel
4 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Lyne's point of departure from the Kubrick version of Nabokov's great novel lies primarily in tone: the later version focuses more on the tragic, dramatic elements of the book and less on the comedic ones. I will not go so far as to suggest that Lyne made a better film; he did not. I do think, however, that he did pinpoint one of the key components of the novel's genius: a capturing of life on the newly paved highways of mid-century America. As Humbert, Jeremy Irons is as good as his predecessor James Mason. Frank Langella's interpretation of Quilty entirely diverges from the one given by Peter Sellers (and rightfully so; who wants to compete with Sellers?). But it is Dominique Swain, outdoing Sue Lyon, who comes closer than what ever seemed possible to embodying the essence of the doomed Dolly Haze.


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