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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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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

This was the last film produced under Michelle Pfeiffer's production company, Via Rosa Productions. 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 »

Connections

Version of Mississippi Mermaid (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can't Walk Away from Love
Written by Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan Jr.
Performed by Gloria Estefan
Produced by Emilio Estefan Jr. and Randall M. Barlow for Crescent Moon, Inc.
Arranged by Emilio Estefan Jr. and Randall M. Barlow
Programmed by Randall M. Barlow
Strings Arranged by Randall M. Barlow
Orchestration by Jose A. Molina
Recorded by Scott Canto and Joel Numa
Mixed by Sebastian Krys
Recorded and Mixed at Crescent Moon Studios, Miami, FL
Strings recorded at Hit Factory Studio, Miami, FL
Courtesy of Epic Records
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So sexy...
16 September 2004 | by peach_kisses44See all my reviews

I have yet to find an actress as enchanting as Angelina. This film did wonders for me!! It was so primitive, sexual, intimate. BRAVO!! I would love to see Angelina in another film similar to this. It excited me the power of her lover over her when she seemed to be so calculating and strong.

And the final truths that come out at the end...I watch this movie again and again, and it never ceases to animate me. An apt title, 'Original Sin'.

The original sin of the woman as a seductress. Or perhaps, in the game of love, the original sin is to fall in love. I think that perhaps some of the comments posted about this movie are shallow. It's important to really watch this movie a couple times, and read between the lines.


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