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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.

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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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Three men she marries mysteriously dies. Alex Barnes has uncovered the truth, but proving it could be fatal. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

The "black widow" of the film's title is often considered a synonym for a "femme fatale" the latter of which which is defined by the Wikipedia website as "a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations", like a black widow spider. The literal definition of a "black widow" spider refers to a species of widow spiders known as "Latrodectus" which is a genus of spider in the "Theridiidae" family. See more »

Goofs

When they're making love in front of the fireplace in the log cabin, in long-shot McCoy rolls over on top of Margaret. Jump-cut to close-up, and McCoy again rolls over on top of Margaret, hitting her in the mouth with his medic-alert. 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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Connections

Referenced in Taxi Brooklyn: Black Widow (2014) See more »

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A fine thriller with moments of erotic tension
12 July 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This murder yarn details the career of a female killer who marries men for their money, dispatches them without leaving any clues, then lays claim to their wealthy estates and moves on in search of another goldmine. The murders come to the attention of Debra Winger, a Federal investigator, although the film doesn't explain why the government is interested in these cases. Theresa Russell, the title character, is the attractive, intelligent woman who wins the confidence of the men she targets and uses her irresistible charm to disarm her suitors. Winger soon cultivates a friendship with Russell to get closer to her and anticipate her next moves but knows that she and her quarry are on a collision course. The women play subtle cat-and-mouse games with each other until the surprise ending, which proves that a black widow can spin one web too many. Winger and Russell generated an undertow of erotic tension between them that the picture didn't explore but the movie remains a good mystery.


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