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Writers (WGA):
Cornell Woolrich (novel)
Michael Cristofer (screenplay)
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A young man is plunged into a life of subterfuge, deceit and mistaken identity in pursuit of a femme fatale whose heart is never quite within his grasp. Remake of François Truffaut's 1969 film 'Mississippi Mermaid' Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Antonio Banderas ... Luis Antonio Vargas

Angelina Jolie ... Julia Russell / Bonny Castle

Thomas Jane ... Billy / Walter Downs / Mephisto

Jack Thompson ... Alan Jordan

Gregory Itzin ... Colonel Worth

Allison Mackie ... Augusta Jordan
Joan Pringle ... Sara
Cordelia Richards ... Emily Russell

James Haven ... Faust - Stage

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Jorge Cortés (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Mario Iván Martínez ... Cuban Priest
Harry Porter ... Stage Manager
Fernando Torre Laphame ... Wedding Priest (as Fernando Torre Lapham)

Shaula Vega ... Dressmaker Girl
Lisa Owen ... Margareta - Stage
Daniel Martínez ... Rafael
Farnesio de Bernal ... Bank Clerk
Nitzi Arellano ... Prostitute
Roger Cudney ... Ship's Captain

Adrian Makala ... Ship's Waiter (as Adrián Makala)
Francis Laboriel ... Ship's Stewardess
Patricio Castillo ... French Dining Steward
Derek Rojo ... Bell Boy
Abraham Stavans ... Mr. Gutiérrez

Roberto Medina ... Card Player
Julian Sedgwick ... Card Player
Alejandro Corp ... Card Player
Alejandro Reza ... Train Station Man
Guy De Saint Cyr ... Chief Jailer (as Guy de Saint Cyr)
Julio Bracho ... Guard
George Belanger ... Gentleman in Morocco
Osami Kawano ... Gentleman in Morocco

Directed by
Michael Cristofer 
Writing credits
Cornell Woolrich (novel "Waltz Into Darkness")

Michael Cristofer (screenplay)

Produced by
Sheldon Abend .... executive producer
Ashok Amritraj .... executive producer
Denise Di Novi .... producer
Michael S. Glick .... line producer
Kate Guinzburg .... producer
David Hoberman .... executive producer
Carol Lees .... producer
Edward McDonnell .... co-producer (as Edward L. McDonnell)
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Prieto 
Film Editing by
Eric A. Sears  (as Eric Sears)
Casting by
Libby Goldstein 
Junie Lowry-Johnson  (as Junie Lowry Johnson)
Production Design by
David J. Bomba 
Art Direction by
John R. Jensen  (as John Jensen)
Set Decoration by
Beth A. Rubino  (as Beth Rubino)
Costume Design by
Donna Zakowska 
Makeup Department
Isabel Amezcua .... hair stylist: Mexico
Colleen Callaghan .... key hair stylist
Teresa Chávez .... hair stylist: Mexico
Linda De Andrea .... hair stylist: Ms. Jolie (as Linda DeAndrea)
Raúl Sarmiento .... makeup artist: Mexico
Janeen Schreyer .... makeup artist: Ms. Jolie
Nena Smarz .... key makeup artist
Alejandro Sosa .... makeup artist: Mexico
Production Management
Michael S. Glick .... unit production manager
Anna Roth .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sally Sue Beisel .... second assistant director
Efren del Moral .... second assistant director (as Efrén del Moral)
Miguel Lima .... first assistant director
Julian 'Chico' Valdez .... second second assistant director: Mexico (as Julián 'Chico' Valdés)
Mary Ellen Woods .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Bankson .... property master
Carlos Benassini .... assistant art director: Mexico
Ivonne Deschamps .... set dresser: Mexico
Alisarine Ducolomb .... art department coordinator
Frank M. Fleming .... leadman (as Frank Fleming)
Antonio Godínez .... swing
Alfredo Gonzalez .... on-set dresser: Mexico (as Alfredo González)
Barbara Horcasitas .... set dressing department coordinator: Mexico (as Bárbara Horcasitas)
Francisco López .... leadman: Mexico
Antonio Mata .... property master: Mexico
Jeffrey D. McDonald .... lead set designer (as Jeff McDonald)
Erick Monroy .... set designer: Mexico
Carmen Pierson .... set dresser: Mexico
Moises Pineda .... production buyer: Mexico (as Moisés Pineda)
German Ramirez .... greens person: Mexico (as Germán Ramírez)
Andrés Reyes .... stand-by painter: Mexico
Paul M. Rohrbaugh III .... paint foreman (as Paul Rohrbaugh)
Jorge Sainz .... art director: Mexico
Christopher Windisch .... construction coordinator (as Christopher D. Windisch)
Anthony Stabley .... location consultant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura Harris)
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Antonio Betancourt .... production sound recorder
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist
Gregg Frazier .... boom operator
Daniel García .... cable
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor
Lou Kleinman .... dialogue editor
James Moriana .... foley artist (as James M. Moriana)
Hugh Murphy .... digital assistant (as Hugh R. Murphy)
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... first assistant sound editor
Willard Overstreet .... foley editor
Kelly Oxford .... adr supervisor
Brad Sherman .... re-recording sound mixer
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... re-recording sound mixer (as Melissa Hofmann)
Eduardo Valverde .... boom operator
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... sound consultant: DTS (as Dan Victor)
Drew Webster .... mix technician
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeffery B. Wilhoit)
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Scott Wolf .... sound effects editor
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Jesus G. Duran .... special effects coordinator (as Jesus 'Chucho' Duran)
Adrián Durán .... special effects foreman
Fermín Durán .... special effects foreman (as Fermin Durán)
Visual Effects by
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... scanning and film recording
Franklin Cofod .... line-up/editorial: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Charles Darby .... visual effects supervisor
Victor DiMichina .... scanning and recording supervisor: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Kevin Fisher .... scanning and recording: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Patrick Flanagan .... digital artist: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Tyler Foell .... compositing supervisor: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Jim Gorman .... digital artist: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Nathan Haggard .... digital artist: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Karen Klein .... digital artist
Peter Koczera .... animator: main titles (as Peter C. Koczera)
Kim Lavery .... visual effects producer
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Gregory D. Liegey .... digital compositor
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... digital effects supervisor: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Patrick Murphy .... digital artist: Pixel Magic
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Naz Shams .... digital artist (as Nazgol Shams)
Geordie Spradling .... digital artist: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
Mike Uguccioni .... digital compositor
Todd Vaziri .... digital artist: OCS/Freeze Frame/Pixel Magic
William L. Arance .... 3D modeler (uncredited)
Jamie Baxter .... visual effects (uncredited)
Dino Dos Santos .... stunt coordinator
Dino Dos Santos .... stunt double: Antonio Banderas
Omar Ayala .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Benito Aguilar .... chief lighting technician
Ricardo Arvizu .... key grip
Víctor Camacho .... video assist (as Víctor Camacho R.)
Arturo Castañeda .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Arturo Castañeda Corona)
Joaquin Cervera .... first assistant camera (as Joaquín Cervera)
Fernando Diaz .... second assistant camera
Christopher Dunn George .... Steadicam operator (as Christopher George)
Christopher Dunn George .... camera operator (as Christopher George)
Jesus 'Moroco' Gonzalez .... rigging chief lighting technician (as Jesús 'Moroco' González)
Lourdes Grobet .... still photographer
Edgar Hurtado .... second assistant camera
Javier Labastida .... rigging grip
Jesus LaBastida .... second company grip (as Jesus Labastida)
Andrés Medina .... dolly grip (as Andrés Medina Dorantes)
Patrick Murguia .... camera operator (as Patrick Murguía)
Noe Muñoz .... camera loader (as Noé Muñoz)
Carlos Sánchez .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Claudia Becker .... casting: Mexico
Jorge Guerrero .... extras casting: Mexico
Sonia Guerrero .... extras casting: Mexico
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Scott Lairson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Andrews .... wardrobe supervisor
Jeanne DuPont .... assistant costume designer (as Jeanne Dupont)
Sandra Ramos .... wardrobe department coordinator: Mexico
Adolfo Ramírez .... wardrobe supervisor: Mexico
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Steven A. Calabro .... assistant editor
Timothy Colletti .... assistant editor (as Colletti)
Douglas Kunin .... assistant editor
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
'Wild Bill' Packer .... post-production assistant
Megan A. Sears .... apprentice editor
Marianne Urioste .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Bunny Andrews .... music consultant: on-screen
Pete Bahlawanian .... song- Belly Dancing World
Terence Blanchard .... conductor
Terence Blanchard .... orchestrator
Todd Bozung .... music editor
Robin Burgess .... music session producer
Erika Duffee .... music production assistant
Michael Esneault .... assistant music copyist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jake Jackson .... assistant music engineer
Marvin R. Morris .... music editor (as Marvin Morris)
Donald Murray .... music engineer (as Don Murray)
Neale Ricotti .... assistant music engineer
Tony Stanton .... music librarian
Jay Weigel .... music copyist
Jay Weigel .... orchestrator
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
Transportation Department
Arturo Curiel .... transportation coordinator: Mexico
Ricardo Díaz Avilés .... transportation captain: Mexico (as Ricardo Díaz)
Enrique Díaz .... driver
Other crew
Armando Amador .... production accountant: Mexico
Lucy Amador .... assistant accountant: Mexico (as Lucy Anlleu)
Ana Ballesteros .... craft service: Mexico
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor (as Susan Bierbaum-Owen)
Kevin Bissada .... assistant: Ms. Kate Guinzburg
Melanie Buffett .... assistant: Mr. McDonnell
Hélène Cardona .... adr voices
Hélène Cardona .... voice actor
Mel Churcher .... dialogue coach: adr
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach: Mr. Banderas
Maureen Poon Fear .... assistant: Ms. Di Novi
Juan Carlos Garrido .... union production chief: Mexico
Joanne S. Grant .... first assistant accountant (as Joanne Grant)
Alejandra Greiner .... assistant: Mr. Glick, Mexico (as Alejandra 'Memphis' Greiner)
Nicole Kolin .... location supervisor
Carol Kravetz .... production coordinator: USA
Charles Mcdonald .... title designer
James Mitchell-Clyde .... water safety: marine unit (as James Mitchell Clyde)
Claudia Montero .... production assistant: Mexico
Angeles Morales .... assistant location manager (as Ángeles Morales)
Columbia Moya .... choreographer: Mexico
Joe Murphy .... production accountant (as Joseph J. Murphy)
Juan Carlos Navarro .... key set production assistant: Mexico
Nicholas J. Nicolella .... assistant: Mr. Cristofer
Juan Pablo Noval .... assistant location manager
Rocío Ortega .... animal trainer: Mexico
Stacy Perskie .... production assistant: Mexico
Mariana Peñalva .... stand-in for Angelina Jolie
Carol Phiniotis .... screening coordinator
Claudia Porter .... animal trainer: Mexico
Carla Raygoza .... production coordinator
Roberto Reyna .... production doctor: Mexico
Liz Rossi-Sloyan .... assistant: Mr. Cristofer
Isabel Siliceo .... production assistant: Mexico
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Ernesto Trejo .... production doctor: Mexico
Belinda Uriegas .... production coordinator
Fernando Uriegas .... location manager (as Fernando 'Boogie' Uriegas)
Elena Villegas .... set production assistant: Mexico
Rosa Isela Villegas .... assistant accountant: Mexico
Francisco Leonardo Yáñez .... production assistant: Mexico (as Francisco Yáñez)
Denise Blasor .... voice-over artist (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong sexual content and some violence (edited version)
116 min | USA:118 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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The last film produced under Michelle Pfeiffer's production company, Via Rosa Productions.See more »
Continuity: When the nun at Cardenas scoops water from the fountain, the cup barely touches the water.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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97 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
If truly watched, you cannot walk away from loving this gem!, 5 December 2002
Author: cerasea

Usually I rely on the voting averages to give me an idea of how good a movie is. I have to admit that a 5.6 rating is much different from what I would give this film.

"Original Sin" seemed to be the movie that everyone walked away from. The only thing I remember about its opening was all the chatter about the nude scenes. I guess it reminded a lot of viewers about the whole "Wild Orchid"/"Showgirls" fiasco which is still etched in the mind's-eye of every self-conscious moviegoer. Perhaps this apparent smoke screen of an issue caused Angelina Jolie's (often chapped and super-pouty) lips to be sealed regarding her role in the movie. Likewise, the dependably silent/aloof Antonio Banderas was even harder to locate when it came to any promotion of the film. And after making sure every radio listener heard, "The Music of My Heart," even the inconspicuously conspicuous Estefans forgot to drop the hint that they contributed to the film's lushly romantic score.

The fact that this was not a perfect movie didn't prevent it from being an excellent one. I think the film's real problem was that it couldn't quite fit into the typical Hollywood hype machine that has crowned more inferior material with non-stop publicity and gratuitously "glowing" reviews. It could also be due to the fact that the plot, "not a love-story, but a story about love," didn't match the small space many viewers have reserved in their hearts for Romance and Drama - just not both!

Anyone who takes the time to TRULY WATCH THIS MOVIE will find that they cannot walk away from loving it. Banderas and Jolie succeed in being both glamorous and gritty. Antonio Banderas is one of the most beguiling actors in contemporary cinema (believe it or not). I am always amazed by the vast artistic depth that lays beneath the stereotypical Latin-lover super-bronzed matinée-idol exterior that he has been assigned to. Banderas' talents, like this movie, are grossly underrated and marginally explored. His every motion gives Vargas the pitch-perfect blend of simplicity and passion. Banderas' portrayal makes it hard not to hurt when Vargas hurts or trust when he trusts. This makes it easy to see why the naive Vargas and the lethal Julia/Bonnie are integrally compatible.

Wacko Jacko antics aside, Jolie, in all her un-Gwynnethness, is a site to have and behold. As the mysterious Julia, she is one mail-order bride who can both sell her body and steal a man's soul. Jolie succeeds in revealing every aspect of Bonnie's internal struggle to achieve personal authenticity while accepting a once-in-a-lifetime chance at true intimacy.

In many ways, the film is about humankind's universal need to be, "who we truly are" as well as the long, winding and often treacherous road toward love's salvation (closely examine the play Julia & Vargas went to see). The movie's many twists and turns represent the bloody sacrifices/transgressions that often mark the way. This was constantly echoed through a script which foreshadowed the story's theme (in a manner both poetic and hypnotic). Equally intoxicating were the use of nontraditional cinematography and sound techniques. They perfectly complemented the period-heavy scenery and costume. All these elements melded to create a picture that was at once abundantly sensual, visually stunning and emotionally sensitive - with an excellent ending!

Oh, and as for the much talked about "skin scenes". I thought they were well done. Gratuitous, yes. Gratifying - definitely! If you've got it, flaunt it. Banderas and Jolie absolutely have it, and then-some!

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