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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some footage had to be cut in order to avoid an "NC-17" rating. See more »


When Vargas first meets Julia, we see her from his POV and the umbrella she carries is held high enough that he has the sun in his eyes and can't see her face. When we see him from Julia's left, the umbrella is lower and there's a shadow on his face. 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 »


by Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba
Música Yoruba
Courtesy of Bembé Records
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Flagrantly ridiculous; one can have a good time laughing at it in spite of Antonio's strong performance...
8 August 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A wealthy, handsome businessman in 1880s Havana advertises in the States for a marriageable woman to sail to his country, become his bride, and bear his children; however, the sultry, lusty young thing who arrives from Delaware curiously bears no resemblance to the photograph she has sent (she's even hotter!), and soon a private detective is snooping about asking questions. Cornell Woolrich's novel "Waltz Into Darkness" would seem an ideal murder-mystery/sexual thriller to absorb a modern-day audience (as a storyteller, Woolrich was far ahead of his time), but writer-director Michael Cristofer doesn't have the teasing personality, nor the sure-handed style, to bring out the juicy twists of this tale. Leads Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie look good together in and out of their clothes, but his forceful, full-blooded acting eclipses hers by a mile. Jolie is not convincing in this period setting; she has little range and, once the camera begins feasting upon her features in Mount Rushmore-like close-ups, her focus visibly wavers (it's a dreadful performance). Told in flashback, we are immediately privy to Jolie's mysteries, with an outcome that defies explanation. Cristofer intermittently tries out different photographic tricks and editing techniques, presumably to pad the running time but in effect showing off his uncertainty as a filmmaker. The dialogue (and Jolie's indifferent delivery of it) is often ludicrously funny, though Banderas deserves credit for at least attempting to take his part of the project seriously. *1/2 from ****

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