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Claudine's Return (1998)

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An Italian drifter strikes up a romance with an emotionally troubled young woman, whom works as a motel maid/laundress and stripper in a small coastal town in Georgia.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudine Van Doozen
Stefano Mauri
Tony Torn ...
Roscoe Measles
Torrie Gold ...
Chloe's Father
Maia Lien ...
Chloe's Mother / Olga
John Lawhorn ...
Mansion Caretaker (as John B. Lawnhorn)
Richie Dye ...
Cockatoo Store Owner (as Richie Lynn Dye)
John Chappell ...
Traveling Salesman
Julie R. Lee ...
Asian Woman (as Julie Lee)
Peggy Davis ...
Elderly Woman #1


Italian Stefano arrives on Dolphin Island off the coast of Georgia and gets a job as a handyman at a motel. He and motel laundress Claudine start a relationship. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language




Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kiss of Fire  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Claudine Van Doozen: You know, I had this science teacher once, when I was back in junior high school. I spent the entire year ignoring the man. Except that there was one thing that he said that I will always, always remember. He talked about this law. You know, this 'law' that governed the whole, wide universe. The way it worked is that, all things that mattered would be returned. You know, that matter itself isn't created or destroyed. It just lasts forever. We may not recognize them anymore, but they come back.
Claudine Van Doozen: [...]
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Applegate good, movie really doesn't make much sense

I admit I got this movie partly as a goof and partly because I was interested to see Christiana Applegate in a movie the box suggested (name change to "Kiss of Fire" and more, it was rather funny really) was a trashy genre film. I actually enjoyed Applegate, who does not have much of a career outside of "Married ... w Children" (sadly, since she has potential), in the low budget film "Streets," I hoped this was similiar fare. It turns out to be a character study with some seedy elements and bad (and somewhat inconsistent) accents. It would have been nice if I knew a bit more about the characters I was watching, and the ending was rather sudden and pointless. Also, the whole little girl symbolism was just one of the stylistic touches that just didn't work.

Nonetheless, I do recommend people to watch the film for Christiana Applegate's performance. Not only does she look great in the film (no nudity, sorry, though she does a good dance scene), but she gives a rather good performance, and the accent isn't that bad (shock really to hear it given her past roles and all). Actually, she is the film -- the loser she hooks up is written and performed in such a lackluster fashion that you soon wish he would just go somewhere. The role would have even been better if it was written better; for instance, what motivates her to moonlight as a stripper? what about the hints of bisexuality? what is the point of the final scenes? The fact Applegate still shined suggests she has a future as an actress, if only she gets some good roles to show her talent.

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