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Original Sin (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  3 August 2001 (USA)
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A woman along with her lover, plan to con a rich man by marrying him and on earning his trust running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she actually begins to fall in love with him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Jordan
Colonel Worth
Joan Pringle ...
Cordelia Richards ...
Emily Russell
Jorge Cortés (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Cuban Priest
Harry Porter ...
Stage Manager
Fernando Torre Laphame ...
Wedding Priest (as Fernando Torre Lapham)
Dressmaker Girl
Lisa Owen ...


When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Sono ai no poison. Jinsei wo kuruwase, kokoro made hadaka ni suru [Japan] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dancing in the Dark  »

Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,402,741 (USA) (3 August 2001)


$614,343 (Italy) (16 November 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title was changed to avoid confusion with Dancer in the Dark (2000). See more »


During Julia's last scene with the priest, his hands keep changing position - together, folded, far apart. And the bible or prayer book disappears. See more »


[first lines]
Julia: You cannot walk away from love. That was the advertisement in a Baltimore newspaper. And that is how he found her.
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Referenced in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »


Un Recuerdo
Composed by Ignacio Cervantes
Performed by Elias Barreiro, guitar
From CD: La Música de Cuba, Works for Guitar
Courtesy of ELAN Recordings
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I loved it.
5 July 2003 | by (Raleigh, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

No long comment here. I just thought it was a great movie. A lot if intrigue and plot twists, and of course, Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas were well matched as lovers. There was a lot more to this movie than just the sex scenes. 10/10.

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