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Death and the Maiden ()


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

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Paulina Escobar
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Dr. Roberto Miranda
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Gerardo Escobar
Krystia Mova ...
Dr. Miranda's Wife
Jonathan Vega ...
Dr. Miranda's Son
Rodolphe Vega ...
Dr. Miranda's Son
Gilberto Cortés ...
String Quartet Player (as Gilberto Cortes)
Jorge Cruz ...
String Quartet Player
Carlos Moreno ...
String Quartet Player
Eduardo Valenzuela ...
String Quartet Player
Sergio Ortega Alvarado ...
String Quartet Manager
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Elena Galvin (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roman Polanski

Written by

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Ariel Dorfman ... (play)
 
Rafael Yglesias ... (screenplay) and
Ariel Dorfman ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jane Barclay ... executive producer
Ariel Dorfman ... co-producer
Sergio Gobbi ... co-producer
Sharon Harel ... executive producer
Josh Kramer ... producer
Jean-François Lepetit ... co-producer
Thom Mount ... producer
Gladys Nederlander ... associate producer
Bonnie Timmermann ... co-producer

Music by

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Wojciech Kilar

Cinematography by

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Tonino Delli Colli

Film Editing by

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Hervé de Luze ... (as Herve de Luze)

Editorial Department

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Christian Dutac ... color timer
Julie Jouaffre ... assistant editor
Olivier Laurent ... assistant editor
Rose-Marie Lausson ... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas ... color timer
Geranium Melman ... assistant editor
Raphaël Péaud ... assistant editor (as Raphael Peaud)
Simon Ubsdell ... special editorial consultant
Dorothee Veron ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Patsy Pollock
Mary Selway

Production Design by

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Pierre Guffroy

Art Direction by

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Claude Moesching

Costume Design by

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Milena Canonero

Makeup Department

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Linda DeVetta ... makeup artist (as Linda De Vetta)
Didier Lavergne ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Patrick Gordon ... unit manager
Kathie Weaver ... post-production supervisor
Suzanne Wiesenfeld ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Patrick Boshart ... second assistant director
Mishka Cheyko ... first assistant director (as Michel Cheyko)
Christopher Gachet ... second assistant director (as Christophe Gachet)

Art Department

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Yves Blanchard ... head carpenter
Alexander Boksa ... head painter (as Alexandre Boksa)
Daniel Braunschweig ... prop master
Jean-Paul Gaillot ... head grip construction
Frederic Heurlier ... painter: cyclorama
René Loubet ... head of construction (as Rene Loubet)
Eugenio Ahumada Morales ... prop buyer: Chile
Xavier Morange ... painter: cyclorama
François Philippi ... prop buyer
Robert Pilat ... draper
Janie Ryckmans ... draper
Martina Skala ... set dresser
Pierre Thirion ... set painter

Sound Department

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Jean-François Auger ... re-recording mixer
Jean-Marie Blondel ... boom operator
Daniel Brisseau ... sound engineer
Keith Grant ... sound engineer
Dean Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
Anne Le Campion ... re-recording mixer
François Lepeuple ... assistant foley artist
Laurent Lévy ... foley artist (as Laurent Levy)
Jacqueline Mariani ... dialogue editor
Anne de Montangon ... adr editor (as Anne De Montangon)
Laurent Quaglio ... sound editor

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Thierry Alloy ... special effects assistant (as Thierry Allou)
Bruno Lefebvre ... special effects assistant
Gilbert Piéri ... special effects (as Gilbert Pieri)
Gilles Piéri ... special effects assistant (as Gilles Pieri)
Michel Vialla ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Frederic Moreau ... optical and digital effects
Pierre Biecher ... visual effects (uncredited)
Alan Church ... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Olivier Cotte ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Christian Rajaud ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jean-Louis Airola ... stunts
Alain Grellier ... stunts
Ghislaine Juillot ... stunts (as Guylaine Juillot)
Janet Pharaoh ... stunts
Anne Rossner ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Pierre Barougier ... assistant camera
Laurent Barès ... assistant camera: second unit (as Laurent Bares)
David Brisseau ... video assistant
Geoff Brown ... crane operator: Louma crane
Philippe Cadeau ... electrician (as Philip Cadeau)
Alain Dondin ... electrician
Roland Dondin ... electrician
François Duhamel ... unit photographer
André Haidant ... grip (as Andre Haidant)
Gérard Haidant ... grip (as Gerard Haidant)
Jean Harnois ... camera operator
Jean-Bernard Josko ... grip
Jean-Claude Le Bras ... gaffer (as Jean-Claude Lebras)
Jean-Hugues Oppel ... focus puller
Nicola Pecorini ... steadicam operator
Marcel Renult ... grip
Luc Roux ... still photographer
André Thiéry ... head grip (as Andre Thiery)
Jean-Pierre Voisin ... electrician
Alain Tanguy ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Marie-Sylvie Caillierez ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Nathalie Doux ... dresser
Germinal Rangel ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Santiago Dalmau Soler ... location manager: Spain (as Santi Dalmau)
Olivier Lhoste ... location manager
Patrick Boshart ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Andrew Glen ... music editor
Tim Oldham ... music producer
Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor
Toby Wood ... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Oreste Canakis ... driver (as Oreste Ganakis)
Alain Domínguez ... driver
Emilio Fernández ... driver (as Emiliano Fernandez)
Joseph Rodegher ... driver

Other crew

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Sylvette Baudrot ... script supervisor
Steven Belgard ... publicity team
Robert Blalack ... visual consultant (as Rob Blalack)
Jean-Pierre Carasso ... French subtitles: English version with subtitles
Isabelle Dassonville ... assistant: Mr. Polanski
Dennis Davidson ... publicity: USA
Maggy Deleskiewicz ... script trainee
Laetitia Dom ... production secretary
Rodrigo Dorfman ... production assistant
Sophie Drouin ... administrator
Gilles Dumesnil ... stand-in (as Gilles Dumenil)
Sophie Evans ... production assistant
Donna Flandrin ... stand-in
Janine Gold ... assistant: Mr. Mount
Jacques Grousset ... caterer
Sandrine Lamantowicz ... press attache: France
Elizabeth Lira ... psychological researcher
Colette Martin ... production accountant
Patrick Olmstead ... assistant to producers: USA
Manuella Papatakis ... press attache
Ghislaine Pinsard ... assistant: Mr. Mount
Antoine Riviere ... production assistant
Isabelle Roussel ... production banking services
Bernard Rousselot ... stand-in
Jonathan Rutter ... public relations: international
Romaly Sar ... assistant: Mr. Kramer
Matthew Tynan ... assistant: Mr. Mount
Mark Urman ... public relations: USA
Jean-Pierre Vincent ... press attache: France
Jack Waltzer ... drama coach
Blanche Wiesenfeld ... production coordinator

Thanks

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Maria Stella Dabances ... thanks
Angelica Dorfman ... thanks
Eli Klein ... thanks
Hannah Leader ... thanks
Roger Levy ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Prepare yourself for the moment of truth. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La jeune fille et la mort (France)
  • Death & the Maiden (World-wide, English title)
  • Der Tod und das Mädchen (Germany)
  • La mort i la donzella (Spain, Catalan title)
  • La muerte y la doncella (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 103 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Sigourney Weaver stated in a later interview that Director Roman Polanski would sometimes randomly fire a gun in order to get the most genuine expressions of fear from the cast. See more »
Goofs Dr. Miranda's moustache changes inconsistently throughout the movie. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Speechless/Dumb and Dumber/Legends of the Fall/Little Women/Death and the Maiden/The Madness of King George (1994). See more »
Soundtracks SCHUBERT STRING QUARTET IN D MINOR See more »
Quotes Dr. Roberto Miranda: How can I confess to something I haven't done?
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