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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>

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She mates and she kills. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,205,460
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two produced screenplays by screen-writer Ronald Bass which were first released in the year of 1987 with Bass' other picture that year being Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone (1987). See more »

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Investigator in the last fifteen minutes of the movie refers to Jessica Bates as Jessica Barnes. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Savage Harvest 2: October Blood (2006) See more »

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Hugely entertaining (feminist?) film
4 September 2000 | by nick_brownSee all my reviews

Debra Winger is great as always as the FBI backroom researcher allowed out for a change to pursue her theory that the widows of several millionaires who have all died of the same rare disease are in fact the same woman.

She finds herself fascinated as well as repelled by Theresa Russell's glamour, lifestyle and ability to use men for her own ends. Russell in her turn sees her as a worthy opponent (unlike all those men she takes in so easily).

In fact all the men are just part of the background to the play between Winger and Russell.

Its a terrific film all round and I may be alone in this, but I think the ending works.


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