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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

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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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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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The film refers to deaths being caused by "Ondine's Curse" which website Wikipedia define as a "congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation. CCHS is a respiratory disorder that is fatal if untreated. People afflicted with Ondine's curse classically suffer from respiratory arrest during sleep". See more »

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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 »

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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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An Unforgettable Neo-Noir
18 August 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When the ambitious federal investigator Alexandra 'Alex' Barnes (Debra Winger) reads the cases of two wealthy men that have just died and left their fortunes to their younger and younger wives, she suspects that the woman might be the same. She believes that the woman might be killing the millionaires without a trace to inherit their fortunes.

Alex travels and tracks down the mysterious female inheritor Catharine Petersen (Theresa Russell) but she finds nothing about her identity. Alex believes that the Catharine might have traveled to Hawai and she takes vacation to follow her instincts. Alex finds and befriends Catharine in the hotel and becomes close to her. When Alex meets Catherine's boyfriend Paul Nuytten (Sami Frey), she has a crush on him. Will her passion for Paul and her friendship with Catharine jeopardize her investigation?

"Black Widow" is an unforgettable neo-noir of the 80's, with the sexy and gorgeous Theresa Russell and Debra Winger playing a cat-and-mouse game in the lead roles. This film is one of my favorite from the 80's and slightly recalls "Body Heat" from the early 80's. In those years, Theresa Russell was one of the sexiest actress of the cinema industry and the role of Catharine Petersen is tailored for her. Unfortunately the Brazilian DVD has no Extras. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Mistério da Viúva Negra" ("The Mystery of the Black Widow")


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