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Original Sin (2001)

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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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Lead Us Into Temptation See more »


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

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Release Date:

3 August 2001 (USA)  »

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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Trivia

The plantation house is a real sugar cane plantation manor, albeit abandoned. 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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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Compliance (2018) 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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Much underrated!
2 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Unfortunately I saw this marvelous film on TV last night-unfortunate because it was on the small TV screen and not a large movie screen. I admit it-I am totally taken by period pieces whose setting is somewhere in Latin America and if those movies have good sets and/or locations then I am smitten. Original Sin, set in Cuba and filmed in Mexico had the visuals down perfect-throw in the acting of Jolie and Banderas and you have a visual feast.

The book/script were fabulous vehicles for the acting of the majors as well as a framework that works beautifully for the intrigues that pepper this film. This script should keep viewers interested throughout and I will definitely be renting this film so that I can savour it without interminable commercials. I want to wallow in the beauty of the images and settings at least one more time.

Any viewer who likes settings and images from slightly earlier times owes it to themselves to look for Original Sin in their local rental shop because it is a wonderful film that seemed to slip by the reviewers when it was released.


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