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Diabolique (1996)

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The wife and mistress of the sadistic dean of an exclusive prep school conspire to murder him.

Director:

Jeremiah S. Chechik (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Writers:

Pierre Boileau (novel), Thomas Narcejac (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Stone ... Nicole Horner
Isabelle Adjani ... Mia Baran
Chazz Palminteri ... Guy Baran
Kathy Bates ... Det. Shirley Vogel
Spalding Gray ... Simon Veatch
Shirley Knight ... Edie Danziger
Allen Garfield ... Leo Katzman
Adam Hann-Byrd ... Erik Pretzer
Donal Logue ... Video Photographer #1
Diana Bellamy ... Ms. Vawze
Clea Lewis ... Lisa Campos
J.J. Abrams ... Video Photographer #2 (as Jeffrey Abrams)
O'Neal Compton ... Irv Danziger
Bingo O'Malley ... Gannon
Stephen Liska ... PHP Officer
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Storyline

The wife and mistress of a cruel school master collaborate in a carefully planned and executed attempt to murder him. The plan goes well until the body, which has been strategically dumped, disappears. The strain starts to tell on the two women as a retired police investigator who is looking into the disappearance on a whim begins to think that they know more than they are telling, and their mental state is not helped when their victim is seen, apparently alive and well by one of the pupils. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Two women. One man. The combination can be murder.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diabólicas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,524,055, 22 March 1996

Gross USA:

$17,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Isabelle Adjani was born the year Diabolique (1955) was released in the U.S. See more »

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The lines of text on the computer monitor reach the bottom of the screen start scrolling. In the close-up, the text is just starting to be written again. See more »

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Edie Danziger: [finds the black and white 1966 film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? playing on TV] Oh. Yeah. I'm gonna wait until this is in color.
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In The Arms Of Love
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Performed by Sherry Williams
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It's so bad it's an insult to all involved- blame the director!
6 April 2005 | by debblystSee all my reviews

To venture a remake of Clouzot's "Les Diaboliques" (1955) -- a film that needed no remake in the first place -- only one thing was crucial: a very creative filmmaker with a very personal style, so as to put away comparisons with the classic French film. Someone like Kubrick, Von Trier, Amenábar, Chabrol, Jeunet...

Instead we have Chechik's ludicrous, inept direction, making the experienced crew's efforts simply bomb: the cinematography is flat, the music is predictable, the script is stale, the pace is sloooow, and he manages to withdraw bad performances from EVERYONE in the cast, including the usually reliable Kathy Bates, besides achieving the incredible feat of making Isabelle Adjani look like she's just escaped from Madame Tussaud's, and cruelly exposing the unmistakably limited talents of Sharon Stone (who manages to look like a dominatrix in the role of a Catholic school teacher!!) and Chazz Palminteri.

When a film is THIS bad, considering the names involved and the amount of money spent, it's really an insult to everyone, most of all to the audience (of course). After this bomb, you'd think Hollywood directors would just leave classic thrillers alone -- but Gus Van Sant went on to commit the catastrophic remake of "Psycho".... Don't waste your time - just don't watch it, especially if you are a fan of the original film or of the stars!!! My vote: since IMDb doesn't allow zeroes, 1/10 is more than it deserves.


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