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Death and the Maiden (1994)

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A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Ariel Dorfman (play), Rafael Yglesias (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sigourney Weaver ... Paulina Escobar
Ben Kingsley ... Dr. Roberto Miranda
Stuart Wilson ... Gerardo Escobar
Krystia Mova Krystia Mova ... Dr. Miranda's Wife
Jonathan Vega Jonathan Vega ... Dr. Miranda's Son
Rodolphe Vega Rodolphe Vega ... Dr. Miranda's Son
Gilberto Cortés Gilberto Cortés ... String Quartet Player (as Gilberto Cortes)
Jorge Cruz Jorge Cruz ... String Quartet Player
Carlos Moreno Carlos Moreno ... String Quartet Player
Eduardo Valenzuela Eduardo Valenzuela ... String Quartet Player
Sergio Ortega Alvarado Sergio Ortega Alvarado ... String Quartet Manager
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Storyline

Paulina Escobar is a political activist whose husband is a prominent lawyer in an unnamed South American country just out of a dictatorship. One day a storm forces her husband to ride home with a neighbor. That chance encounter brings up demons from her past, as she is convinced that the neighbor (Dr. Miranda) was part of the old fascist regime that tortured and raped her, while blindfolded. Paulina takes him captive to determine the truth. Paulina is torn between her psychological repressions and somber memory, Gerardo is torn between his wife and the law, and Dr. Miranda is forced to endure captivity while husband and wife seek out the uncertain truth about the clouded past. Written by Henry G. Herron <hgherron@wsuhub.uc.twsu.edu>

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Prepare yourself for the moment of truth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language including descriptions of violent situations | See all certifications »

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Trivia

"Death and the Maiden" is a motif in Renaissance art, starting from the painting "Death and the Maiden (Der Tod und das Mädchen)" by Hans Baldung Grien (1517). The title has since been used in, among other things, music, film (Roman Polanski), and literature. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning Paulina is cooking something in a pan over the fire, then, for dinner she produces only a roasted chicken and green salad. So what was she cooking in the pan? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gerardo Escobar: Are you quite sure you won't come in?
Dr. Roberto Miranda: No thanks, just want to get home after that.
Gerardo Escobar: Yeah, me too. Look, I'm really sorry for all the trouble I put you to.
Dr. Roberto Miranda: Yeah, no problem.
Gerardo Escobar: Well if I can't persuade you, why don't you come over some time. Thanks again, goodbye.
Gerardo Escobar: [returning again to the car] Ah, you now it's crazy, I never introduced myself. Gerardo Escobar.
Dr. Roberto Miranda: Dr. Roberto Miranda.
Gerardo Escobar: It's very nice to meet you. If you're ever passing...
Dr. Roberto Miranda: Escobar? The lawyer?
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

SCHUBERT STRING QUARTET IN D MINOR
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Amadeus Quartet (as The Amadeus Quartet)
Recording courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon Gmbh
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Unbreathable
17 March 2004 | by marcosaguadoSee all my reviews

Three characters, one suffocating place. The bizarre world of Roman Polanski transported to a true, painful and little known historical context. The film is an X ray into secret, open wounds. We're never sure what happens in Sigourney's mind, but we're aware that her pain and her anger are real. We are unable to take sides, we're too afraid. We want for the ordeal to end and yet, we're glued to the discomfort and uncertainty. Recommended for masochists and film lovers.


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,366, 26 December 1994

Gross USA:

$3,103,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,103,716
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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