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A Dangerous Woman (1993)

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Martha Horgan, a naive woman with an intellectual impairment who lives with her aunt Frances in a small town, is known for always telling the truth. She works at a dry cleaner, where her ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Writers:

Mary McGarry Morris (novel), Naomi Foner (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurie Metcalf ... Anita
Debra Winger ... Martha
John Terry ... Steve
Barbara Hershey ... Frances
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Patsy
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Edward (as Jacob Gyllenhaal)
Myles Sheridan Myles Sheridan ... Paul
Chloe Webb ... Birdy
Richard Riehle ... John
Viveka Davis ... Mercy
Gabriel Byrne ... Mackey
Paul Dooley ... Tupperware Salesman
David Strathairn ... Getso
Brad Blaisdell ... Wesley
Warren Munson ... Gately
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Storyline

Martha Horgan, a naive woman with an intellectual impairment who lives with her aunt Frances in a small town, is known for always telling the truth. She works at a dry cleaner, where her compulsive truth-telling leads her to report to the boss that another employee has been stealing from the cash register. The thief, in turn, accuses Martha, and she loses her job. In the mean time, a mysterious stranger named Mackey appears at Martha's residence after learning that Aunt Frances needs her porch repaired. Mackey is hired and becomes intimately involved with Martha... which only leads to tragedy. Written by A K 4 7 <ak47@cyberverse.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic sexuality, strong language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Mulher Perigosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,497,222
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Glenn Close was the original casting decision to play Debra Winger's aunt, while Jeff Bridges and Jason Patric were both considered for the male lead. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Frances Beechum: There are those who say Mackey raped her, that he took advantage of her. But Martha wouldn't say that. She called it love. And maybe it was.
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Soundtracks

My Little Suede Shoes
Written by Charlie Parker
Performed by Paul Smith Trio (as The Paul Smith Trio)
Courtesy of Granite Records
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Debra Winger is marvelous

This is a good movie - not as good as the book, but still a very good movie.

Debra Winger plays Martha Horgan, a mentally disabled young woman who lives with her beautiful Aunt Frances (the always ethereal Barbara Hershey). Martha works at a dry cleaning shop, where she is framed for stealing money by the sleazy Getso (David Strathairn). Getso is the boyfriend of Martha's best (and only) friend Birdie, played by Chloe Webb. Martha sets out to prove her innocence. This is furthermore complicated by Gabriel Byrne's sexy handyman, who Martha falls in love with.

"A Dangerous Woman" is believable and the acting is wonderful. Not as good as the book, but still a very good movie.


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