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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

Sono ai no poison. Jinsei wo kuruwase, kokoro made hadaka ni suru [Japan] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

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

Gross USA:

$16,534,221

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,402,320
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title was changed to avoid confusion with Dancer in the Dark (2000). See more »

Goofs

Vargas puts the gun on the table before drinking the poisoned coffee, but the gun later reappears on his person when he shoots Billy. 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

As reported by E! Online on December 2000, sex scene between Luis and Julia was originally 20 minutes long, but was heavily edited before being put into film, due to original scene being too much like soft-core porn. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Recuerdo
Composed by Ignacio Cervantes
Performed by Elias Barreiro, guitar
From CD: La Música de Cuba, Works for Guitar
Courtesy of ELAN Recordings
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User Reviews

Surprisingly Good
2 May 2004 | by QueenMakeda84See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised at this film. Thinking it was more or less about Jolie's T&A, it actually had a decent plot with some twists and turns running throughout. I liked this film a lot. Her character had many levels that you didn't see coming. It seemed like a one dimensional character as most temptresses are, but Jolie was nothing of the sort. She attacked the role with her usual vigor and gave life to what could have been a meaningless character. Banderas was a little overdone I think, but it kinda makes sense with the lines he was given. Being all obsessed with his wife like that can make you seem overly dramatic. I'd recommend it.


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