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Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

A gay man and a political prisoner are together in a prison. The gay man narrates the stories of two fake movies and his own life.

Director:

Hector Babenco

Writers:

Manuel Puig (based on the novel by), Leonard Schrader
Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Luis Molina
Raul Julia ... Valentin Arregui
Sônia Braga ... Leni Lamaison / Marta / Spider Woman (as Sonia Braga)
José Lewgoy ... Warden
Milton Gonçalves ... Pedro
Míriam Pires Míriam Pires ... Mother (as Miriam Pires)
Nuno Leal Maia ... Gabriel
Fernando Torres ... Americo
Patricio Bisso Patricio Bisso ... Greta
Herson Capri ... Werner
Denise Dumont Denise Dumont ... Michele (as Denise Dummont)
Nildo Parente Nildo Parente ... Leader of Resistance
Antônio Petrin Antônio Petrin ... Clubfoot (as Antonio Petrin)
Wilson Grey ... Flunky
Miguel Falabella Miguel Falabella ... Lieutenant
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Storyline

Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a trans individual, is found guilty of immoral behavior and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. During the time they spend together, the two men come to understand and respect one another. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Tensions started early on in the process between William Hurt and Hector Babenco. David Weisman later remarked that Hurt had a wonderful mastery of language and spoke in "great metaphorical ellipses that are hard to follow even if English is your native language." For Babenco it was impossible. He became frustrated by Hurt talking "for hours" and learned to just nod and pretend to agree in order to keep the conversations relatively short. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Luis Molina: She's... well, she's something a little strange. That's what she noticed, that she's not a woman like all the others. She seems all wrapped up in herself. Lost in a world she carries deep inside her.
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Connections

Referenced in Married... with Children: Kiss of the Coffee Woman (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Heard during one of the scenes of Molina's story
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Great Film....
13 October 2010 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Adapted by Leonard Schrader from the Manuel Puig novel of the same name, 'Kiss Of The Spider Woman' is a great film, that has almost everything working for it. Héctor Babenco has directed the film with flourish, and William Hurt's performance as a jailed homosexual is simply exemplary!

'Kiss Of The Spider Woman' is about 2 inmates, their journey through those unforgiving cells and violence. And how they begin to respect each other and how they seek for freedom.

'Kiss Of The Spider Woman' is dark and gritty in nature, but beneath all that, it's the story of 2 people. And the adapted Screenplay does full justice to it's characters. Héctor Babenco's direction, as mentioned, has come out with flying colors.

As said, William Hurt's performance as a jailed homosexual is simply exemplary. He got all the respect by winning Awards. I personally salute Hurt for his work here. Sonia Braga as Spider Woman does a good job. Raúl Juliá is another actor who leaves a mark.

On the whole, 'Kiss Of The Spider Woman' is a winner all the way. Very Strongly Reccmended! Two Thumbs Up!


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Official Sites:

Agita Productions, Inc.

Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

26 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,962, 28 July 1985

Gross USA:

$17,005,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,009,654
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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