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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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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

Mackey: I'm a professional asshole. I gotta find a new line of work. This is taking its toll.
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Soundtracks

Clean The Dirt
Written by Mike Martt, Chris Gates and David Roach
Performed by Junkyard
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Offbeat, provocative drama...
2 July 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Debra Winger is at her most mercurial portraying a mentally-challenged woman who becomes involved in a murder. This adaptation of Mary McGarry Morris' novel is difficult viewing--mainly because the protagonist can be such a handful--though director Stephen Gyllenhaal lends the material an intense, compelling flourish, and the results are ideal for audiences interested in something left of center. Gyllenhaal, who was creating quite a resume for himself in the mid-1990s before eventually turning to TV (our loss), bulldozes right through the screenplay's messy structure and barrage of hot-headed characters, and he's very sensitive when handling magnetic Winger, who does remarkable work. Incredible supporting cast includes Barbara Hershey, Gabriel Byrne, Chloe Webb, David Strathairn, Jan Hooks and Laurie Metcalf. **1/2 from ****


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