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Black Widow (1987)

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A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.

Director:

Bob Rafelson

Writer:

Ronald Bass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Winger ... Alexandra
Theresa Russell ... Catharine
Sami Frey ... Paul
Dennis Hopper ... Ben
Nicol Williamson ... William
Terry O'Quinn ... Bruce
James Hong ... Shin
Diane Ladd ... Etta
D.W. Moffett ... Michael
Lois Smith ... Sara
Leo Rossi ... Ricci
Danny Kamekona ... Detective
Rutanya Alda ... Irene
Mary Woronov ... Shelley
Wayne Heffley ... Etta's Husband
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Storyline

Catherine is a black widow. "She mates and then she kills". Black Widow is the story of a lady (Catherine) who marries lonely millionaires, waits until they've changed their will to leave all to their beloved wives and then murders them to inherit the fortune. With each man Catherine marries, she changes her appearance to suit the mans personality. Only there's one problem. Alexandra is a smart cookie and has found a link between these unexplained mysterious deaths and the partners wives. But now her only problem is proving that a killer is on the loose and saving herself from the deadly Black Widow. Written by Michael Feller <reb@magna.com.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She mates and she kills. No man can resist her. Only one woman can stop her. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borgia See more »

Filming Locations:

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,426,831, 8 February 1987

Gross USA:

$25,205,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,205,460
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cher turned down the role of Catherine. See more »

Goofs

About 9 minutes, Catherine is in a bank with he safe deposit box. As she takes a syringe and small vial of liquid out, it appears she sticks the needle into the bottle, and withdraws fluid. However, you can clearly see the needle never enters the vial; it is stuck next to the metal ring at the top of the vial. See more »

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[first lines]
Sara: When he didn't come to the office, 10:30, 11:00, I called the house. Catherine... he went in his sleep, peacefully. The doctor said if you'd been sleeping right next to him, you wouldn't have even known. You couldn't have done anything.
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Connections

Referenced in Perfect Strangers: Black Widow (1990) See more »

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Stimulating film about obsession, nicely directed as a thriller by Bob Rafelson.
29 January 2004 | by TheVidSee all my reviews

Winger and Russell are sensational here, characteristically different yet essentially the same in nature. The sinister plot trappings and black widow symbolism keep the film lively but only serve to heighten the intriguing subtext of two women obsessed with success and competition. Winger is exceptional as always, and while Russell is notably uneven as usual, they both succeed admirably. All the supporting parts are brilliantly played. This is one of the finest and most enjoyable femme fatale films around. A widescreen version is thankfully now available on DVD from Fox.


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