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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Luis Antonio Vargas
... Julia Russell / Bonny Castle
... Billy / Walter Downs / Mephisto
... Alan Jordan
... Colonel Worth
... Augusta Jordan
... Sara
Cordelia Richards ... Emily Russell
... Faust - Stage
... Jorge Cortés (as Pedro Armendáriz)
... Cuban Priest
Harry Porter ... Stage Manager
Fernando Torre Laphame ... Wedding Priest (as Fernando Torre Lapham)
... 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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This is not a love story - it's a story about love. See more »


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

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Also Known As:

Dancing in the Dark  »

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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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The last film produced under Michelle Pfeiffer's production company, Via Rosa Productions. See more »

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When Julia wakes from her first nightmare, the right sleeve of her dressing gown slips off and on her shoulder as Luis comforts her. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Faces of Schlock (2005) See more »

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Belly Dancing World
Music by Setrak Sarkissian
Produced by Peter Bahlawanian
Courtesy of Pe-Ko World Music
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Flagrantly ridiculous; one can have a good time laughing at it in spite of Antonio's strong performance...
8 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

A wealthy, handsome businessman in 1880s Havana advertises in the States for a marriageable woman to sail to his country, become his bride, and bear his children; however, the sultry, lusty young thing who arrives from Delaware curiously bears no resemblance to the photograph she has sent (she's even hotter!), and soon a private detective is snooping about asking questions. Cornell Woolrich's novel "Waltz Into Darkness" would seem an ideal murder-mystery/sexual thriller to absorb a modern-day audience (as a storyteller, Woolrich was far ahead of his time), but writer-director Michael Cristofer doesn't have the teasing personality, nor the sure-handed style, to bring out the juicy twists of this tale. Leads Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie look good together in and out of their clothes, but his forceful, full-blooded acting eclipses hers by a mile. Jolie is not convincing in this period setting; she has little range and, once the camera begins feasting upon her features in Mount Rushmore-like close-ups, her focus visibly wavers (it's a dreadful performance). Told in flashback, we are immediately privy to Jolie's mysteries, with an outcome that defies explanation. Cristofer intermittently tries out different photographic tricks and editing techniques, presumably to pad the running time but in effect showing off his uncertainty as a filmmaker. The dialogue (and Jolie's indifferent delivery of it) is often ludicrously funny, though Banderas deserves credit for at least attempting to take his part of the project seriously. *1/2 from ****


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