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Original Sin (2001)

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A woman, along with her lover, plans to con a rich man by marrying him, earning his trust, and then running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she falls in love with him.

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Michael Cristofer

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (novel), Michael Cristofer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Luis Antonio Vargas
Angelina Jolie ... Julia Russell / Bonny Castle
Thomas Jane ... Billy / Walter Downs / Mephisto
Jack Thompson ... Alan Jordan
Gregory Itzin ... Colonel Worth
Allison Mackie ... Augusta Jordan
Joan Pringle ... Sara
Cordelia Richards Cordelia Richards ... Emily Russell
James Haven ... Faust - Stage
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Jorge Cortés (as Pedro Armendáriz)
Mario Iván Martínez ... Cuban Priest
Harry Porter Harry Porter ... Stage Manager
Fernando Torre Laphame Fernando Torre Laphame ... Wedding Priest (as Fernando Torre Lapham)
Shaula Vega ... Dressmaker Girl
Lisa Owen ... Margareta - Stage
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Storyline

When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Loves a Killer. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

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France | Mexico | USA

Language:

English | German | Japanese | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancing in the Dark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,402,741, 5 August 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,252,765, 2 September 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,868,099, 31 December 2001
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a remake of François Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid (1969), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve. See more »

Goofs

When Luis and Billy fight over possession of the gun and Billy is "shot" in the belly, why doesn't Luis notice that Billy has no visible blood or bullet hole in him? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Julia: You cannot walk away from love. That was the advertisement in a Baltimore newspaper. And that is how he found her.
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Alternate Versions

Approximately 4 minutes of sexually explicit material has been cut from cable showings, even on the late-night showings on non-commercial premium cable channels. Both R-rated and Unrated editions have been released on Region 1 DVD. The original theatrical release did contain explicit sex scenes, but as currently shown on cable, every time someone is about to go to bed with someone else, the scene fades out and returns to the same locale the next morning. In the original version, Julia's first sexual encounter with Luis is graphically shown, as is their encounter when he finds her in the hotel. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Compliance (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Fusion de Almas
Composed by Ignacio Cervantes
Performed by Ruben Pelaez, piano
From CD: La Música de Cuba, The Danzas for Piano
Courtesy of ELAN Recordings
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One of the better "Erotic Thrillers"
11 May 2005 | by el_nicksterSee all my reviews

The film's plot, script, and acting are only average, but the film is buoyed by some sizzling chemistry between Jolie and Banderas. Their sex scenes are extremely memorable, so make sure you get an un-edited version (unrated).

Banderas plays a wealthy Cuban coffee farmer whose dedication to his trade has thus-far distracted him from the important business of finding a good wife. Using a matchmaker, he agrees to marry a woman from Connecticuit. He has been dishonest, however, in describing himself as a man of only average means. Banderas admits his dishonesty to his new wife (Jolie). However, it soon becomes clear that there is more to her than meets the eye, as well. Soon Banderas becomes so obsessed with Jolie that her lies destroy his entire life. He is well aware of what is happening every step of the way, but he doesn't care.

So, this is an interesting movie for a few reasons. As stated above, the sex scenes are among the best ever filmed. It is also novel to see a film about a man who is actually obsessed about his own wife. I personally could identify with Banderas in his willingness to give up everything for woman he knows he cannot trust. Heck, it happens to the best of us.


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