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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 Horgan
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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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: If there's a God out there he's gotta be laughing.
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References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Clean The Dirt
Written by Mike Martt, Chris Gates and David Roach
Performed by Junkyard
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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It was not as good as the book but good
30 July 2004 | by Kristinartist79See all my reviews

It was not as good as the book but at least the ending was more clear in the movie than in the book. Barbra Hershey is a great actress! She did a great job at the role she played, so did Martha (Debra). Although, in the book they described her as a girl with normal intelligence with a mental illness, the movie shows her as mentally challenged. So when I saw the movie, Martha was totally different than how I pictured her when I read the book. The story line was sad but interesting. Its interesting and touching to see how a girl could not lye even to save herself. What they did not mention in the story, which bugged me,was the fact that, Gesto was hurting Martha, which I thought could have made it self-defense. I felt like, if she could tell the truth, why couldn't she admit her was hurting her? Well I guess the whole idea was to create a devastating situation, which they did. Also, I wanted to add, contrary to the book, Martha and Frances seemed to have a strong bong; there was love between the two of them. In the book, Frances and Martha seemed to be together more by obligation. Additionally, I was kind of hoping to see the strong wiled character of Martha in the book rather than the vulnerable innocent girl in the movie. The appearance of the girl was not what I expected either; I pictured a tall thin girl, not a petete thin girl, with a much softer look than I pictured in the book. Well, I guess they have to change some things.


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