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A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director:

Adrian Lyne

Writers:

Vladimir Nabokov (novel), Stephen Schiff (screenplay)
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Cast

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

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. Written by Luis Canau <luis..canau@mail.EUnet.pt>

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The most talked about, written about, controversial movie of the year. 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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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лолита See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,492, 26 July 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Over 2500 girls, including Christina Ricci and Melissa Joan Hart, tried out for the title role. See more »

Goofs

During the murder itself, at no point is blood splattered on his face, yet all the flashbacks and endings show his face splattered. 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 »

Connections

Version of Russkaya Lolita (2007) See more »

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Woody Woodpecker
Written by George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss
Performed by Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
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Adrian Lyne captures Nabokov's descriptive prose in Lolita.
3 May 1999 | by seamus-15See all my reviews

Adrian Lyne captures Nabokov's descriptive prose with the film camera. It certainly was not an easy task but Lyne uses some amazing camera angles and well planned shots to reveal subtle motives in the storyline. This movie is worth seeing on the large screen because of its amazing cinematography. The New England landscape is grandiose and very colourful, the images look like they're out of a story book. Jeremy Irons plays Humbert, the hero of this fairytale. Along with Lyne, he creates an introspective and moody character who fills the atmosphere of the movie. I liked this adaptation much more Kubrick's earlier comedy which took a light hearted approach to the novel. I found Lyne paid justice to Nabokov's story and storytelling in this movie.


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