Dolores Claiborne works as a maid for a wealthy woman in remote Maine. When she is indicted for the elderly woman's murder, Dolores' daughter Selena returns from New York, where she has become a big-shot reporter. In the course of working out the details of what has happened, as well as some shady questions from the past and Selena's troubled childhood, many difficult truths are revealed about their family's domestic strife. This is cleverly portrayed with present reality shot in cool blue tones blending seamlessly into flashbacks shot in vivid color. As small town justice relentlessly grinds forward, surprises lie in store for the viewers....Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
The ferry at the end of the movie is called the "Joshua Slocum", named for the first person to circumnavigate the globe alone. See more »
In the beginning of the movie, when Kathy Bates returns to her home, she swipes off pieces of glass on the outside of a window. Apparently the window was thrown in by an object from outside. Glass pieces would have been on the inside of the house. See more »
And the last horse crosses the finishing line! It's actually taken me until now to watch Dolores Claiborne but better late than never.
This is the very final Stephen King adaptation for me and that saddens me as I tend to very much enjoy them.
Starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh and the excellent Christopher Plummer this thriller blew me away to an extent I simply didn't expect.
Set in New England (As all Stephen King tales tend to be) it tells the story of a woman arrested for the murder of the woman she worked for. Her arrest has lured her estranged daughter back home all the way from New York and results in family secrets being dragged kicking and screaming into the light
Alike most King works the movie heavily relies on flashbacks and it works wonders here. Over the course of over two hours the truth is gradually chipped away at until the highly impressive finale and series of twists.
Kathy Bates & Christopher Plummer are on form as always and take this already masterful tale and truly make the characters their own.
Also starring John C Reilly who would go onto do mostly comedy this is a near perfectly crafted little tale that begs the simple question "Why don't they make movies like this anymore?"
Cast knock it out of the park
Very well directed
Nothing springs to mind
Things I Learnt From This Movie:
Stephen King needs to write more books so they can adapt them into more movies before I start getting withdrawal symptoms
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