An English professor falls for a minor , and has to face the consequences of his actions.

Director:

Adrian Lyne

Writers:

Vladimir Nabokov (novel), Stephen Schiff (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Humbert Humbert
Melanie Griffith ... Charlotte Haze
Frank Langella ... Clare Quilty
Dominique Swain ... Dolores 'Lolita' Haze
Suzanne Shepherd ... Miss Pratt
Keith Reddin Keith Reddin ... Reverend Rigger
Erin J. Dean Erin J. Dean ... Mona
Joan Glover Joan Glover ... Miss LaBone
Pat Pierre Perkins Pat Pierre Perkins ... Louise (as Pat P. Perkins)
Ed Grady ... Dr. Melinik
Michael Goodwin ... Mr. Beale
Angela Paton ... Mrs. Holmes
Ben Silverstone ... Young Humbert Humbert
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Annabel Lee (as Emma Griffiths-Malin)
Ronald Pickup ... Young Humbert's Father
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Storyline

In early adolescence, Humbert fell hopelessly and tragically in love with a girl his own age, and, as he grew into adulthood, he never lost his obsession with "nymphets," teenagers who walk a fine line between being a girl and a woman. While looking for a place to live after securing a new teaching position, he meets Charlotte Haze (Melanie Griffith), a pretentious and annoying woman who seems desperately lonely and is obviously attracted to Humbert. Humbert pays her little mind until he meets her 13-year-old daughter Lolita (Dominique Swain), the image of the girl that Humbert once loved. Humbert moves into the Haze home as a boarder and eventually marries Charlotte in order to be closer to Lolita. When Charlotte finds out about Humbert's attraction to her daughter, she flees the house in a rage, only to be killed in an auto accident. Without telling Lolita of her mother's fate, Humbert takes her on a cross-country auto trip, where their relationship begins to move beyond the ...

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Forbidden, Provocative, Unforgettable. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for aberrant sexuality, a strong scene of violence, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Jeremy Irons originally turned down the role because he knew playing this character would hurt his career. After thinking it over and being convinced by Glenn Close that working with Adrian Lyne was an experience he should not miss, he agreed to play Humbert Humbert. However, he made sure to secure a good paycheck, anticipating a few years of possible unemployment. See more »

Goofs

When Lolita looks through the stacks of $100 bills Humbert has just given her, they are clearly modern notes with design elements and signatures of the 1990s, not the earlier versions that would have been in circulation circa 1950. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Humbert: [voiceover] She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks, she was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always - Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin. My soul.
[whispered]
Humbert: Lolita.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are over there is a brief clip where Lolita is shown juggling a red apple. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was slightly cut to avoid a 'Not under 18' rating in Germany. An uncut version has been released on video. See more »


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Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)
Written by Lew Brown, Charles Tobias and Sam H. Stept
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
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Why Lyne's Lolita is Controversial
13 August 1998 | by CLPyleSee all my reviews

When the 1997 version of Lolita was widely censored in the US, many asked why the reaction was so strong to this film. After all, the novel was published in the US in 1958, Kubrick's film version appeared in 1962, and we hear more shocking tales of sexual depravity every day on the daytime talk shows. But after seeing Lyne's brilliant version of Lolita, I can see how he manages to breathe fresh controversy into this familiar story. Lyne's lascivious lens eroticizes Lolita's every movement and pose. The viewer is forced to see her through the eyes of Humbert and to feel his obsession and desire. We are co-conspirators in his crime, and at the end we share his shame. Rather than shocking us (and having us pull away in revulsion), Lyne draws us in and makes us face the Humbert in ourselves. This is an incredibly powerful film.


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lolita See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,492, 26 July 1998

Gross USA:

$1,071,255

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,071,255
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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